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With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European clubs fared this term. In this edition we look at Real Madrid's campaign..

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By Brendon Netto


This Season's Stats
                  La Liga: 2nd
Champions League: Semi-finals
Copa del Rey: Runners-up
Supercopa de Espana: Runners-up
Games: 61
Won: 38
Lost: 11
Drawn: 12
Win %: 62.22%
GF: 149
GA: 68
GF ratio: 2.44
GA ratio: 1.14


La Liga

With two defeats and two draws in their opening seven fixtures, Madrid lost a lot of ground in the title race early on while Barcelona went on to win 18 of their first 19 matches. They recovered and did reasonably well for the rest of the campaign but were still suceptible to the odd upset, 1-0 defeats to Real Betis and Granada among them. Despite scoring a massive 103 goals in the league, there was no catching Barcelona.

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Copa del Rey

Madrid enjoyed a great run in the Copa del Rey. They brushed aside Alcoyano and Celta Vigo 7-1 and 5-2 on aggregate respectively. A 3-1 aggregate win over Valencia put them in the semi-finals against Barcelona. With the Blaugrana dominating the league, this was Madrid's opportunity to better them in the cup and they did so with a deserved 4-2 win on aggregate after winning the return leg at the Nou Camp 1-3.

Having seen off one rival, another awaited Madrid in the finals. Atletico Madrid's industrious display helped them defeat their local rivals 2-1 to lift the cup. It was a cruel end to Madrid's tournament which looked so promising especially since they were clearly well short of luck in the finals.

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Spanish Super Cup

The two-legged encounter was played at a frantic pace and wasn't short of entertainment. Barcelona won the first leg at the Camp Nou 3-2 while Los Blancos fought back at the Bernabeu to win 2-1 and lift the cup having bettered them in the away goals department.

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Champions League

This season was all about winning La Decima for Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho. It became not a target but an obsession among the Madridistas. Despite being drawn in a difficult group, they were able to finish second and advance to the next round.

They narrowly edged past Manchester United in the round of 16 before getting past Galatasaray to secure a semi-final berth against Borussia Dortmund. After enduring a 4-1 humiliation in Germany, they rallied in the second leg and were ultimately just one goal short of advancing on the away goals rule.

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Top 3 Players

Cristiano Ronaldo
Mesut Ozil
Raphael Varane
Despite claiming to be unhappy at the start of the season, Cristiano Ronaldo put all that aside to deliver the goods for Madrid once more. It's been a typically sensational season for Ronaldo as he managed an incredible 55 goals from 55 games. His performances against Barcelona this season was a significant improvement. He even finished as the top scorer in the Champions League. The most expensive signing in the history of football continues to look like a bargain.

Ozil didn't start the season particularly well and was briefly side-lined in favour of Luka Modric. However, the German international rallied to reclaim his place in the side. He started to dictate games and did especially well against Barcelona. His brace resucued Madrid against Real Valladolid. With 23 assists this season, Ozil served his purpose as the side's chief playmaker in the final third.

In a season where defenders haven't really shone in Spain, Raphael Varane stood out among his peers. Jose Mourinho put faith in the young Frenchman and he wasn't disappointed. Apart from his pace and strength, Varane showed that he is strong in a tackle and composed on the ball. His reading of the game is most impressive for such a young player and his performances this season kept Pepe out of the team.

Games: 55
Goals: 55
Assists: 14
Games: 51
Goals: 10
Assists: 23
Games: 33
Goals:
2
Clean Sheets:
10


Top 5 Matches


1. 2-1 home win vs Barcelona 29 August 2012:



2. 0-5 away win vs Valencia 20 January 2013:



3. 1-3 away win vs Barcelona 26 February 2013:



4. 3-2 home win vs Manchester City 18 September 2012:



5. 5-1 home win vs Athletic Bilbao 17 November 2012:



Interesting Facts

  • Real Madrid have lost 26% of their away matches this year in La Liga.

  • 24% of Real Madrid's goals came from set pieces this year.
  • Real Madrid have had an average of 19 shots per game this season out of which 8 were on target. 

 

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Derick Dsouza:

For the history and stature of Real Madrid, a  season without a major trophy will always be considered a disastrous campaign. The fact that the La liga title was virtually lost mid-way through the season and the off field problems between the manager and some players, did not do the team much good.

Having said that, Real Madrid went down fighting in the Champions League semi-final against Dortmund and their luck deserted them in the finals of the Copa Del Rey against Atletico. But, in years to come this season will be remembered as a failure and not for the aforementioned performances. With a new manager coming in, I expect a lot less drama but also an exciting 2013-2014 season finally conquering La decima. Hala Madrid!!


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