Real Madrid Report Card: Grading Jose Mourinho's Team so Far

Aila StumpoCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 10:  Karim Benzema (2.L) of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's first goal during the La Liga match bewteen Real Madrid and Getafe at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 10, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Grade: A

It would be hard to give any lower grading to Real Madrid. Only two games into La Liga season, Los Blancos have collected maximum points and sit comfortably at the top of the table with two points separating them from second-place Barcelona and a goal difference of +8.

The season opener in La Romareda against Real Zaragoza saw the Madrid-based team completely thrash the Aragonese 6-0. A strong offensive performance saw Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick with Xabi Alonso, Marcelo, and Kaka adding to the tally.

That was followed with a 4-2 triumph over neighbours Getafe. French striker Karim Benzema once again showed his eye for goal with a brace in the 14' and 69' minute. Adding to his beautiful assist to Karim Benzema, Ronaldo took the score from 1-1 to 2-1 in the 60' minute. Coming on in the 87' minute to a score of 3-2, Argentine Gonzalo Higuain scored within a mere minute of being subbed on.

Midweek, Los Blancos traveled across Europe from their comfortable home in Madrid to the intimidating Stadion Maksimir of Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb. The Liga outfit returned to Spain with a hard fought 1-0 win over the Croatian Champions, Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria with the only goal of the match.

An attack bolstering with such players as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil, owning attackers like Kaka has become a liberty. With only three games under their belt this season, Real Madrid have already netted 11 times. Last season's Pichichi winner Cristiano Ronaldo is already looking to defend his crown and has contributed four goals, making him the highest scored for Madrid thus far. Not to mention the attacking contributions made to team by the defenders, like Marcelo, pushing forward and even adding to the score-sheet.

But while the attack, though wasteful at times, is is very strong, the same cannot be said about the defense. Thinking back to the game against Getafe in which two goals were conceded, the defense showed its weaker side. While against Zaragoza they were relatively untested, against Dinamo Iker Casillas saved them.

Not to imply Real Madrid's defense is horrid, which they are not, they are not up to the standards thus far. As it is only three games into the season there is much to come and Madridistas are looking forward to the new season.


How do you feel Real Madrid's season should be graded so far? What need improvement? What is strong