Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The transfer window is now closed. Real Madrid have inscribed 23 players to try to win the three titles at stake: La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. The team benefits from the presence of many international players; 19 men of the squad have played for their national teams.
The team can boast of having Ballon d’Or winners Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo on its ranks, as well as 2008 Euro winners Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso and Albiol.
Real Madrid have come up with a competitive, balanced and versatile squad. Clear examples of this are Arbeloa and Guti, who can play in any position in defence and midfield, respectively.
Pellegrini has two men available per position, but he can also use players from Castilla, such as Adan, Velayos and Tebar. The latter even enjoyed some minutes of playing time during the preseason.
Miguel Torres left the team last night at 23.00 to join Getafe. The players that have been inscribed are: goalkeepers Casillas and Dudek; defenders Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa, Albiol, Pepe, Garay, Metzelder, Marcelo and Drenthe; midfielders Lass, Gago, Xabi Alonso, Diarra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Guti, Van der Vaart and Granero; and forwards Raul, Higuain, Benzema and Van Nistelrooy.