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I'm just curious, what will your line-up look like with the addition of Kroos. Modric and Kroos together in the pivot seems very weak defensively so I assume that Alonso is a definite starter with Khedira leaving. So that leaves us with Alonso, Modric, Kroos, James and BBC. That's why I'm mindboggled, will either Modric or Kroos be benched?
Our Castilla has signed finnish striker Eero Markkanen. Can't believe it because few years back we were playing in the same team O_o. It is an honor to know the first finn to play for Real personally.
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Great news... Must be a special feeling to be a friend of a Real Madrid player

Imagine how Eero might be feeling now :)
We finally got an inside man! Lol just kidding,it must be a amazing and weird feeling to know somebody who actually plays for Madrid.
Wow, that's awesome :D
At which club did you play with him? JJK or Warkaus?
^JJK. And yeah, it feels weird lol :p
wrong forum
wow 63mil signing of James ! But what is going to happened to illaramendi, modric, xabi and isco ?? Selling dimaria is a big mistake IMO.
illara should be sold as i don't think he will be getting much time on pitch,also taking into account his form in last season.he may not find many large buyers but at least should be sent on for a loan.
Unsure if anyone knows the difference between a DM and an AM...
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Kroos and james likely to be starter. remaining one spot at CM for khedira, casemiro, xabi, illara, modric and isco to fight for ?? if u don't agree RM is fully loaded with Midfield then u must be crazy.
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The idea of a set Starting XI is so 80s. You know the type you recite by memory. 11 good players won't win anything. A squad will.

Nowadays if you don't have a core group of 16-17 quality players that can come in at anytime and not have the team dip in quality is essential. Especially for a club like Real Madrid who wants to win everything.

For example: Coentrao. Hardly played last season but then Marcelo got injured and Coentrao was brought in and was key towards the end of the season.

Same for Isco. Started well. Got relegated to the bench in the second half of the season. But then due to injuries and suspensions was key in the first leg vs Bayern, key in CDR final vs Barcelona and was brought in CL final to save the day.
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If I remember correctly Carlo tried to start off last season with a 4-2-3-1 but changed it to a 4-3-3 as the situation called for it. If Carlo does opt to use 4-2-3-1 it would make sense to have depth in the DM-CM role.

Like some other supporters have mentioned previously, I also think James could be used as a false 9 and contend with Benzema for time up front so he may not have to contend with the midfield group. I could be wrong but we could see Alonso getting a lot less game time this season and only being used in specific games that call for his expertise.

As for Casemiro, he was loaned out to Porto so he is out of the equation for now. At the moment it looks like Di Maria is the most likely to move. But anything could happen as squad depth is important with Madrid like Slim mentioned. We have also come to know especially in recent times that we need depth as we have been going through a phase of bad luck with injuries. Anyway, we shall see as there is something like 40 days left before the transfer window closes.
@Mt

No one but you of course.
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We're European champions. A team that wants to win every trophy possible needs a lot of depth in the team like Slim said, which is why last year we did well. This year we of course want the league and Copa, plus the new tournaments we're entered into. At any given point a quality player should be able to come on and replace another quality player. It also gives Ancelotti more options in terms of styles, against Wesker opposition in the league.
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One variation of a 4-3-3 (2 advanced CM's and 1 DM):

* The order of option is taken into consideration. For example/ [Carvajal (Arbeloa, Nacho)]. Carvajal is the likely starter, and the following players who'd provide support are Arbeloa and then Nacho in said order.

* Line-ups/formations are made with the idea of Angel di Maria and Sami Khedira's departure.

RB: Carvajal (Arbeloa, Nacho, Ramos)
RCB: Varane (Pepe, Nacho)
LCB: Ramos (Nacho)
LB: Marcelo (Coentrao, Nacho, Arbeloa)

DM: Alonso (Illarra)
RCM: Modric (Isco, Illarra)
LCM: Kroos (Isco, Illarra)

RW: Bale (James, Jese)
ST/SS/CF/F9: Benzema (James, Jese, Isco)
LW: Ronaldo (James, Isco, Jese)

Another variation of 4-3-3 with more emphasis in attack and 2 CM's:

RCM: Alonso (Illarra) - plays less advanced and more supportive of back-line.
LCM: Modric (Isco, Illarra)
CAM: Kroos/Isco (James)

The first option provides equitable time and opportunity to every player, especially when you consider every possible variable that would lead to the need of depth for the upcoming season. The second option looks weak, but is still a possibility against compact sides.

Slim makes a good point though. I expect a lot of rotations and tactical changes with each successive match.
Modric was our most consistent player last season. i highly doubt he will be sitting on the bench.
I think the fact that Ronaldo isn't 100%, will help James a lot.
Great Mercato !! but I hope the club to sign with a striker
Benzema can not play alone in this position all the season ..!
jese can fit to that role and also james,which benzema plays for last season,with bale & ronaldo on both wings who would also comes along the centre,i don't think there is a need for that.but still it is RM,If it happens there is no need of surprise.

But i still feel there should be a signing for good CB,probably some one like Hummels
Is it just me, or is Footytube not functioning properly?
Its not just you
even happened yesterday. servers are clogging up like city sewers :P
@Crxxx

I will not mistaken your comment as "trolling" or "jealousy". I think it was just ignorance on your part, and being led astray by the wrong people...

It happens.

I'll direct you to 2 links that cover Real Madrid's financial position. Comparisons are also made between Barcelona, Manchester United, and Arsenal. I'd provide you with a summary, but it wouldn't seem appropriate without providing you the graphs and figures to make sense of what I said. I can't do that here.

Here are the links:

http://swissramble.blogspot.ca/2012/10/real-madrid-and-barcelona-leaders-of.html

http://swissramble.blogspot.ca/2012/04/truth-about-debt-at-barcelona-and-real.html

Read both whenever you have the time. Its pretty long. Also, keep in mind that Real Madrid have substantially improved their finances as well. Those articles are outdated by a few years.

FFP will not hurt Real Madrid. Real Madrid have a lot of debt, but they are easily able to manage it. Real Madrid's economical position is certainly healthy.

Real Madrid do spend on very promising players (sometimes often misunderstood as 'stars', but that's dependent on one's definition of the term), but it just happens to be the case that these signings have great marketing potential as well.

In other words, you get the player and the market on your side.

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af158/m_ac/PerezGF.jpg
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That doesn't change the fact you overpaid for James Rodriguez
lol real madrid don't have to worry about money, that's the scary part. the value of their players is through the roof. the debt and wage bill are high but money on the pitch is better than money in the bank in most cases. you buy james and kroos but players like moratta were sold and will continue to be sold to make room.

perez has consistently done a very good job at this, i have to say. for example bale was 86 million pound or so but ozil was sold for 43 million to offset that, in addition to other players like higuain for 30+ million and callejon etc.

i think chelsea is taking a similar approach, buying up all the young talent out there, but shipping them off on loan. the ones that make it becomes stars (courtois, etc) and the ones that don't get sold for crazy profit (mata, luiz). they have all these players they don't have to pay wages for but will get sold for a great profit when they eventually get sold (kids like romeu, paizon, lukaku etc).
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Florentino Perez is a major component of why Real Madrid is so financially stable despite participating in such bold transfers. He's competent when it concerns finances.

But for the sake of a little detail, Real Madrid's 3 main sources of revenue are equally split. Real Madrid's 3 largest sources of income are match-day tickets, television revenue, and commercial revenue. Even if one were to falter in proceeds, it wouldn't severely impact the club. They don't rely solely on one source.

Real Madrid's annual revenue has increased with each successive season. That helps too.

Real Madrid's ability to transfer players for values higher than their market value is not common but rare. It was utilized to a higher degree only last Summer.

I was actually quite shocked. Perez really did some good work last Summer. Their transfers may have been regrettable from an emotional perspective, but it helped that they weren't necessarily forced out.

It's also reassuring to know that a buy-back clause is inserted into the contracts of those who have the potential to return one day. Alvaro Morata's contract has it inserted.
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Comparing Chelsea with Madrid is absurd.
Madrid are constantly built to win. Atletico London are mid-table in comparison.
I can't even imagine Madrid spending $$$ on Atleti players (for various reasons). That's just desperate.
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Woah there buddy, don't get your panties in a twist. The comparison is for fiscal policy in valuing players as near-liquid assets to keep recycling talent. Most top teams don't generate as much money from sales as Chelsea and Madrid in recent years unless they are selling clubs. this has nothing to do with the clubs' respective transfer targets. It is just a clever way of working around ffp.
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The Joker has a point...

http://i.imgur.com/O6YHKBK.jpg
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Barcelona singing Suarez alone should make everyone lose their mind, doesn't matter the price is.. seeing how Barcelona is against Pepe and his acts. Remember the board themselves made a video about Pepe and his acts. Well, they just signed someone like Suarez who is done 10x worse s**t than Pepe has.
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Its so unfair, right? Except most on the Barca board have said his purchase was absolutely unnecessary. There were lots of batting eyelids, raised eyebrows and frowning faces.

In the last 10 years in the transfer market,
Barca net spend =350m pounds (+30m for Neymar's hidden fees)
Madrid net spend = 620m pounds.
City net spend = 556m pounds
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^^

No way in hell thats right. Barcelona have spent way more than that in the last 5 years. Even with pounds conversion you're figure is wayyyy off.

So either I'm missing something, you've got bad sources or you've taken a very liberal approach in what you conisder a transfer and what you don't.

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Actually in the last 10 years we have a net spending amount of 609m euros not pounds,while Barca has a net of 430m( plus 30m Neymar) euros. And keep in mind,that in the previous 2 season we had the net spendigs of 0m(2012/13) and 36.5m(2013/14). On the other hand,Barca had 32.5m(2012/13) and 69m(2013/14). So thats 2 seasons in a row that Barca is spendng more,and by the looks of it,this season could be the third in a row.
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You guys had to make me do the work right?

Here are the figures from transfermarkt.com


All figures are in Pounds
Madrid

A= Arrivals
D= Departures
N= Net

14/15
A: 96.8m
D: 25.08m
N: -71.72

13/14
A= 145.52m
D= 100.76m
N=-44.76

12/13
A= 29.48m
D= 29.48m
N= 0

11/12
A= 48.4m
D= 7.04m
N= -41.36

10/11
A= 81.84m
D= 8.8 m
N= -73.04

09/10
A= 226.51m
D= 77m
N= 149.51

08/09
A= 72.34m
D= 60.98m
N= -11.4

07/08
A= 104.72
D= 35.55m
N= -69.17

06/07
A= 90.64m
D= 13.38m
N= -77.26

05/06
A= 78.76m
D= 39.69m
N= - 39.07

04/05
A= 49.90
D= 8.14
N= -41.76

Total net= -619.05 million pounds

Barca:

14/15
A= 125.84m
D= 70.22m
N= -55.62m

13/14
A= 61.69m (+30m Neymar hidden fees)
D= 24.73m
N= -66.96m

12/13
A= 29.04m
D= 0.44m
N= - 28.6m

11/12
A= 52.8m
D= 41.32m
N= -11.48

10/11
A= 62.8m
D= 46.38m
N= -16.42

09/10
A= 99.44m
D= 21.56m
N= -77.88

08/09
A= 84.48m
D= 48.79m
N= -35.69

07/08
A= 60.28m
D= 12.32m
N= -47.96m

06/07
A= 27.28m
D= 11.44m
N= 15.84m

05/06
A= 0
D= 2.64m
N= +2.64

04/05
A= 69.08
D= 12.98m
N= -56.1

Total net spend: 409.91m

I'm not sure how accurate Transfermarkt is but it's a british website so they use pounds and those are the figures. Sometimes, perception and reality are completely different than what one might assume.

Pejvi:

Madrid had a net spend of 263m pounds between 09 and 12 seasons. Usually when you stock up players of such high caliber at this rate, you end up not having to spend much after that which was what happened in 12/13 (net spend 0). I expect Madrid to sell Di Maria and Khedira which will somewhat balance out James' purchase.

Barca had major spending between 06/07 and 09/10 seasons (most of it was big mistakes and more mistakes to take care of those mistakes). Anyway, the point here is the whole idea that people make a big deal about Madrid's purchases while nobody cares about Barca's purchases has some reasoning behind it. Madrid has a reputation of big purchases because Perez seems to like to boast about it. Nothing wrong in spending your wads of cash but when people do treat you as per your reputation, why complain? You guys have spent more money in the last 10 years than City who are still a work in progress club.

Barcelona has also been spending big especially since their revenues surged after the recent success but because they have recently been fielding la masia talent, their reputation isn't that of a buying-success-with-money club in spite of being big spenders. Anyway, I hope this false equivalency about spending will stop.
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Starting line up day one. Things will change by mid season of course but I think this will be the starting line up the first game if everyone is healthy. I assume Di Maria will be sold.

http://i.imgur.com/PnoJbwx.png
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Only Madrid would bench world class playeres like James, Khedira, Isco and Pepe at the same time lol
i see marcelo in place of coentaro.and pepe in place of varane,but varane still has a possible chance.

modric down to alonso spot,with kross shifting to right and di maria at left where he can run through left wing,if he is not sold.other wise midfield would be the same.

James would most probaly be make his first appearence as a sub
https://vine.co/v/M2DAHjJDM0v

Well that's a fun first day lol.
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