Real Madrid...Where Is The Defense?

Nivesh GautamContributor IJuly 6, 2009

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 25:  Carlos Mascherano of Liverpool tackles Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid during the Champions League Round of 16, First Leg match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 25, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

So Real Madrid now owns the two best players in the world. They have the striker nicknamed 'Le Phénomène' or 'The Phenomenon' in plain english. Couple this up with a legend like Raul and there is the solution to the goals that were missing for last two seasons.

But amidst of all this Mr. Perez seems to have forgotton about the sleeping defense services of Madrid that made the last season a forgettable one.

Famously Madrid lost last five matches of the campaign including "El Clasico." They were supposed to lose given the fact Barcelona was playing like a team from some distant planet—but while Madrid managed two goals they got in return a number that I don't have to even announce.

Before that Torres and co. made Madrid look like some second-tier segunda team .The only consolation for Madrid fans there was that Liverpool did the same thing to Manchester United a couple of weeks later implies that the best team won.

Now a simple question arises and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to guess:

What's wrong with the defense and where are the reinforcements?

The current defense looks somewhat like this:

There is one called Pepe who like to kick guys when they are firmly grounded and dusted. Few would doubt his talent of which we all have seen glimpses of time and again.

Then we have Sergio Ramos. We all know what he can do when in a groove on the right flank with those impeccable crosses.

And that's it. Who else is there? Heinze is probably on his way out, Salgado won't be embracing the white shirt for much longer, and Christoph Metzelder is falling in love with Besiktas—good for him. Poor old Miguel Torres seems to haven fallen out of good book because of Heinze.

Even though in between all the hype for CR and Kaka, Perez did snatch up a gem in Raul Albiol, he isn't going to be enough. Rafa Benitez is not willing to lose his love for Alvaro Arbeloa, but there is a glimmer of hope for him to come to the Bernabeu. But then still we don't have a bankable name in defense like Terry for Chelsea or Ferdinand and Vidic for Man United.

A defender of Terry or Vidic's caliber is the last piece of puzzle for Real madrid. But maybe being a poster boy for the club is a mandatory requirement on Perez's eligibilty list for a signing.