At a quick glance Real Madrid are looking like a former star on the rise. With the acquisitions of Ronaldo, Kaka, and recently Karim Benzema, the Madrid-based club has now spent a jaw dropping 171 million pounds on three of the world's best, young, attacking threats.
From this summer's acquisitions it is obvious that Real’s President Florentino Perez is following the classic Madrid philosophy of the more goals you score the more matches you win.
But is the Spanish businessman focusing all of his assets on the wrong side of the field?
If any one took a quick look at Madrid’s statistics from last season they’d see that the Bernabeu’s attacking force could use a bit of freshening up after struggled to score in six of their 50 matches, all of which they lost. But for Perez to then offload Cannavaro and go for three of the world's most expensive attacking players is almost unthinkable.
I mean don’t get me wrong any team needs a strong attacking force and the goals they score, but I’ve always been of the belief that it is a strong midfield and a defiant defense that win you silverware at a top European level.
Call me old fashioned if you don’t agree, but with one of the world's best goalkeepers, Iker Casillas, between the posts, and a back line full of stars—Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Cannavaro, and Gabriel Heinze—it is a wonder how the former European giants leaked so many goals last season.
In their 50-game seasons Real were able to conceded goals in 32 matches, that means that in two thirds of their games they were picking the ball out of their own net, a shocking statistic for the world's most successful club.
To then make things worse out of those 32 games they conceded two or more goals in a whopping 23 matches, thus indicating that there is something seriously wrong with the defense employed at the Bernabeu.
And yet it seems as though Florentino is doing nothing about it, but make the team more lop sided all the while empting Real Madrid’s back account.
With both the pursuits of Daniel Agger and Nemanja Vidic both failing to fall through it seems as though Cannavaro has and no stable replacement at the Bernabeu.
And so if nothing is done Real may once again be known for their lightning fast attacks and history full of goals. But a water tight defense is something that will seemingly altogether evaded them.
And in the end it may be the very thing that comes back to haunt them in their desperate pursuit of European champions Barcelona.