Friday, September 4, 2009

The Whites have the youngest of the four Spanish squads in the Champions League
Not only has Real Madrid reduced the average age of its players by one year (from 26.71 to 25.70), it is also has the youngest squad of the four Spanish teams participating in this year's edition of the Champions League. What is more, only four Madridistas are over 30-years old.
With an average age of 25.70 years, Real Madrid has the youngest Spanish squad in the Champions League. Atletico Madrid is second at 25.727, followed by Barcelona (26.14) and Sevilla (26.75).
Defense combining youth and experience
The back line has perhaps been the biggest benefactor. Last year's eight defenders averaged 27.5 years, while this year that number has been reduced by 3.5 to 24 years.
This figure is similar to that of the other three Spanish defenses in the Champions League. The average age of Sevilla's back line is 26.75, while Atletico and Barcelona's is an average of three years older than Real Madrid's.
Well-prepared midfield
The Madridista midfield underwent the most change with respect to last season. Guti is the only player over 30, while Granero, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo are no where near eclipsing that mark. 
Two veterans and two young stars up front
Real Madrid has outstanding scoring ability. Manuel Pellegrini has four strikers at his disposal. Raul and Van Nistelrooy are the all-time leading scorers in the Champions League while Benzema and Higuain have brilliant futures ahead of them.
Only four players are above 30
Raul, Van Nistelrooy, Dudek and Guti are the only members of the squad who are above 30 years of age. Meanwhile, Barcelona has six players who are above or nearing that mark (Marquez, Puyol, Pinto, Henry, Xavi and Abidal), Atletico has seven (Juanito, Ujfalusi, Perea, Pernia, Forlan, Assunçao and Simao) and Sevilla eight (Palop, Dragutinovic, Escude, Duscher, Renato, Kanoute, Squilacci and Chevanton).
The eight new signings average 24 years of age
Albiol, Arbeloa, Garay, Xabi Alonso, Granero, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema average 24.1 years of age. Despite their youth, Cristiano, Kaka and Xabi Alonso have already won the Champions League; a perfect blend of experience and youth to improve the squad.

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