Where Should Real Madrid Strengthen to Wrestle Back La Liga?

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Where Should Real Madrid Strengthen to Wrestle Back La Liga?
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Real Madrid need to strengthen key positions in order to challenge for La Liga

To say that the 2012/13 season was a massive disappointment for Real Madrid is to state the obvious.

Ignoring the Champions League exit at the semifinal stage for the third year in a row, and the Copa Del Rey final defeat on their own patch to crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, perhaps the area that will give Madridistas most cause for concern was the team's La Liga form.

At the end of the 2011/12 season Real Madrid won La Liga by a nine-point margin, with Barcelona a distant second.

For large parts of that season they were magnificent and unstoppable, steamrolling anyone who stepped in their way.

A record 121 La Liga goals scored, record number of wins, record goal difference and record points total of 100 were testament to just how good Real Madrid were throughout the season.

Yet fast-forward just 12 months, and Real lost this season's edition to Barcelona by a record 15-point margin, La Blaugrana equalling the 100-point total set only the year before.

An astonishing "swing" of 24 points in just a year.

For a team with such a proud history as Real Madrid, that is clearly not acceptable.

So, when the dust has settled on this disastrous campaign, thoughts will turn to the transfer window.

Who will President Florentino Perez and Sporting Director Zinedine Zidane add to a squad already bristling with talent?

Let's take a look at where Madrid can strengthen over the course of the summer to ensure they hit the ground running come the opening La Liga fixtures in August.

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