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Real Madrid's impressive preseason tour was a direct result of the squad's growing chemistry.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema's chemistry has improved exponentially over the summer. The two have been in outstanding form, using the preseason to build a greater understanding of each other’s strengths, weaknesses and style of play.
Ronaldo and Benzema were unstoppable during Madrid's summer tour, as the two combined for a total of 15 goals in seven matches. The Frenchman led the club with eight goals, solidifying his place as the first-choice striker.
With the two Madrid stars playing all seven preseason matches, they were able to improve their chemistry and combination play. Ronaldo and Benzema both have exceptional technical ability and skill on the ball. Although they excel playing quick, one and two-touch football, the two were not always in sync last season.
As they continued to train and play together this summer, Ronaldo and Benzema became more familiar with each other’s movements and tendencies. The pair linked up well with playmaker Mesut Özil, and worked intricate triangles around the box.
With their skill and speed of play, the Portuguese winger and French striker are able to use deft touches and flicks to create space in the final third.
If Barcelona wants to keep clean sheets in both legs, their slower defenders will have to stop Madrid's quick combination play and swift counter-attacks.
Ronaldo and Benzema's chemistry has made Madrid more lethal and dynamic going forward. As Barcelona prepare for the Supercopa, Guardiola will have to account for both in-form attackers.