Canales and VdV are replacements for attacking midfield, Benzema will probably be rotated with Higuain.
Mourinho actually said something like Ronaldo is too talented to be fixed to one position, he'll probably have a freer role with Ramos providing width.
I'm not too sure about the holding role, they have a lot of depth there, it will probably be between Lass and Khedira depending on the opposition.
It looks like Mourinho is going to set Madrid out like Chelsea in his first season there......
Kaka is missing the first couple of months of the season isn't he...
I'm just waiting to see how Madrid's defence will have improved, if at all. Mourinho is a defensive coach so I expect them to have a good defence now.
This is going to be one of the most exciting La Liga's in years.
Any guesses on who will come 3rd / 4th?
If I was forced to choose, I'd probably say Sevilla and Atleti, but tbh I didn't really follow teams apart from the big 2 last year.
Be interesting to see how Valencia perform this year after losing Villa, Silva and Zigic.
Carvallho signs for Madrid :O. No one really saw that coming. He's one hundred years old but I think he does the job, it's quite clear that Pepe won't be fit for the whole season. Anyway, 2 year contract and €8m. fee transfer, so that's a good sign that we are not paying ridiculous amount of money for players are not worth it:
Di Maria, Benfica wanted €40m. and we gave them 25+incentives
Kolarov, we offered €18m., Lazio wanted €25m... so good bye.
Maicon, €30m. Inter wanted, we offered 22... so **** off.
There was actually a lot of speculation, but the announcement of a signing sort of came out of the blue.
Like I said earlier, the only real weak spot I can see in Madrid is LB.