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It appears that Florentino Perez is considering the idea of reducing the amount of teams in Real Madrid's youth academy.

I don't know why Perez would consider such an operation, let alone carry it out, but I'm under the impression that Perez wants the club to lessen the amount of resources it directs towards their academy. It sounds ridiculous since the club, all things considered, invests only €20 million annually on its academy.

I don't think I'm willing to buy anything he says about the development of the academy players as one of his reasons for suggesting such an idea, because its not like the club pays critical attention in this regard anyway.

Here are some issues I currently have:

- The club does not expand its reaches domestically (or in other regions of the world) in pursuit of the most promising prospects.

- The club does not promote its more promising players into the higher divisions of the academy, theoretically stunning their development and interfering with the realization of their potential.

Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Medran, for example, should have been promoted to Real Madrid Castilla a lot sooner than they were.

- The club, despite possessing the resources to attract the best, decides to sign much older players with little to no potential of making the first team, for Real Madrid Castilla.

- Real Madrid Castilla usually has at least 1 or 2 players a season capable of training and playing with the first team on a consistent basis, but the club officials (I'm assuming) choose to neglect these worthwhile talents and target already established stars instead for exorbitant fees.

Sometimes the academy players display a higher level of competence (relative to club demands) than the established star (e.g. Jese Rodriguez and Gareth Bale). I don't see Chicharito as a significant upgrade to Alvaro Morata either.

- The club appears more keen to profit from the transfer of its academy players, not taking consideration of potential ability until very recently.

The club's academy has been insufficiently used. Actually, its been misused entirely. This new proposal, if carried out, will detract potential academy players and hamper the development of those that remain (having multiple stages is necessary for adequate growth).

I'm usually pro-Perez on a lot of topics not related to transfers and the football aspect of the club. As a matter of fact, Perez has saved this club from losing its competitiveness (both financially and sportingly), and he's kept away foreign viruses from infiltrating, as well as organizations from destabilizing the club. However, there are times when Perez needs to think carefully about his actions, because although they seem harmless at first, they can have profound effects on the future of the club.

Thoughts?
I dunno, some of the ideas they're considering make sense, like merging Juvenil A & Juvenil B. Also merging Real Madrid C with Castilla...

Maybe if the respective age groups of players were developing together the teams would be looking better now, because they have suffered in the last 2 seasons haha
A little fun time in Madrid practice lol

http://www.marca.com/2014/09/19/futbol/equipos/real_madrid/1411142441.html
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ok i keep wondering, we just let Casemiro go and yet we are too exposed in DM. is this not the opportunity we have been crying for him at the club??

How the hell was this transfer window mis managed in such manner?
yet we still wanted to sign a DM in Ramires and Gustavo who probably cant do a better job defensively than Casemiro

the one player we could have easily let go and accepted defeat is yet still in Madrid and currently warming the bench. illarramendi should have been sold if he is no good to us.

someone please tell me Perez wasn't blind sided by the whole di maria and james rodriguez transfer and let everyother important transfer in shamble
Even we had to sign a Back up striker on Deadline day; though it could have been worse.. we might have signed Welbeck instead:)
Nah Illarra is good enough, he's just got confidence issues, the same as Rafa Varane. Might as well keep Illarra and give him a shot, we paid so much for him.

Loaning Casemiro was a mistake though. Unless he personally pushed for the move.
Varane has confidence issues? Are we talking about the same Varane that plays like he has 300 caps under his name, the one who doesn't care which striker is infront of him...that Varane?
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Asier Illarramendi IS good enough.

I think the confidence issues, if there are any, will continue to manifest itself in his football if he doesn't receive any indication of trust or acknowledgement from Carlo Ancelotti. If his football is hampered by his level of confidence, we will not see the performances we're looking for, consequently forcing the manager to continue to neglect him.

This could turn out to be a cycle that hurts the player and club.

It becomes a perpetuating cycle, at least until the club decide to transfer him out. Madridista's, who will attempt to act like 'experts', will label his transfer as a 'flop', paying no attention to the variables that contributed.

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Casemiro should not have been loaned out if the club knew they would be short on physical, and defensively competent, CM's. As a matter of fact, Sami Khedira is the ONLY one at the club, and he's injured for a couple of months.

* I do not mention Illarra since I prefer him in the holding role.

If Ancelotti was keen on using Toni Kroos as the holding midfielder, having a CM like Casemiro is NECESSARY since Kroos will find it difficult supporting the midfield and back line with Luka Modric and James Rodriguez as his supporting cast.

More importantly though, lets hope the club does not turn a blind eye to Casemiro come seasons end if he happens to display the ability to play for Real Madrid.
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my 11 for tomorrow's game:

.............Casillas
Carvajal/Nacho .. Varane.. Ramos .. Coentrão
.......... Modric ... Kroos
.......... James Rodríguez
Bale ...................... Ronaldo
.......... Benzema

- Pepe, with muscle problems, he will not be in the game. His place will be taken by Raphael Varane.: Marca
Deportivo La Coruña vs Real Madrid preview!

Real Madrid:
•Sami Khedira is out until mid-October with the hamstring strain he pulled when on international duty with Germany recently.

•Jesé's injury troubles have not improved. After rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last season which saw him miss the remaining five months of the campaign, the news this week is that he is still six months away from a return.

•Dani Carvajal is expected to shake off his hamstring injury to start this one.

Deportivo La Coruna:
•Pablo Insua and Luis Farina remain doubtful due to injury.

•Luis Farina picked up a muscle sprain during training and misses out.

Predicted starting XI:

-------------Casillas----------
Carvajal--Ramos--Pepe--Marcelo
--------Modric--Kroos----------
------------James--------------
Bale-----Benzema----Ronaldo

---------Postiga---------------
Juanfran-Domínguez-Medunjanin-Cuenca
-----------Bergantiños---------
Luisinho--Lopo--Sidnei--Laure
------------Lux----------------

Predicted score line: 1-3

Match Facts:
-Real Madrid have won 7 of their last 8 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.
-Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.
-Deportivo have seen over 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Real Madrid in all competitions.
-Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.
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Such bad luck for Jese,I really miss watching him play. Also Carlo said Varane will start this match,Pepe has a small muscle problem.
another 6 months off the pitch... This is not good.
Tomorrow is gonna be a tough game and knowing how we play against Deportivo away from home, I don't expect us to win tomorrow... :/
Well we do have 6 wins and one draw in the last 7 games against them,so I hope the Riazor curse is far behind us. Also check your wall DaGaza.
lets hope im wrong lol
Varane renews his contract until 2020.
Congrats!
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Great news,now give him much more playing time!
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YESSSS!
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meh... does it even mean anything? Alonso just renewed his contract and then.......
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lol.. DaGaza
@DaGaza I know, eh?

As far as I can tell it doesn't effect whether or not a player leaves - if they want to leave they usually do, but it effects the pricing.

Varane for president. It's scary how good he is and how much potential he still has at such a young age.
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Inb4 he leaves to Bayern.
I was right in 2012 and im sure ill be right again this season... Wont be surprised to see city get knocked out in the group stage
I wouldn't be so sure. I mean Bayern were good but 1-0 and scoring in the 90th minute was a pretty close game, could have been a draw. Roma did very well against CSKA but its not like CSKA is the strongest team in the group and Roma are strong at home, its always more difficult to play away against CSKA in Russia. Bayern look like strong contenders to make it through it comes down to us and Roma and I think if we have our injured players back I think we can beat Roma and take second place but you never know Bayern could lose to Roma. On the other hand, I think we have a more complete squad now then 2012 and our flop summer signings.
I somehow think Roma has Bayern's number. Call it a hunch, but something tells me Roma will somehow manage to top the group.
^ I'll have 2 of whatever your having...
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^Pasta mate ;) haha jk, but honestly, Roma are pretty good every year. They'll make the semis this year mate, the way I see it at least.
Roma is the best Italian team but the quality of Italian teams has dropped by a lot.
Semis? I hope you're not putting money on that bet. By the way, do you live in one of those states in us where marijuana was just made legal?
Also, fun fact: Ronaldo was named after Ronald Reagan
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lol this guy. i can see the resemblance
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Stop talking to yourself.
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okay...
Still can't believe you guys essentially traded Di Maria for James...I simply don't understand.
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I simply dont understand trolls.
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It would be trolling if I said something ridiculous to goad you. Do you really prefer James over Angel??
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Lol stfu dtouch. I agree with you, but you've said this like 5 times already on this forum. Post something else lol
Dang, just wanted to see what RM fans thought of the move. Didn't realize you guys are so sensative! Rough start to the league getting to you guys it seems...
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Being asked countless times to compare two completely different player is getting to us.
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Let's ignore this attention whore.
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7
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2
7
3
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5
0
1
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3
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2
2
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1
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5
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5
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2
1
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7
4
1
5
6
1
1
1
3
8
4
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
9
4
0
4
4
1
1
1
3
10
4
-2
3
1
1
1
1
3
11
4
-4
8
4
2
1
1
4
12
3
0
3
3
2
0
1
3
13
3
-1
6
5
2
0
1
3
14
3
-3
5
2
2
0
1
3
15
2
-1
5
4
1
2
0
3
16
2
-1
3
2
1
2
0
3
17
2
-2
4
2
1
2
0
3
18
1
-3
6
3
2
1
0
3
19
1
-5
5
0
2
1
0
3
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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UEFA Champions League Table

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4
1
5
0
0
1
1
1
3
1
1
2
0
0
1
1
2
0
-1
2
1
1
0
0
1
3
0
-4
5
1
1
0
0
1
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