In La Liga 2021/2022 Real Madrid have regained the league title that Atlético took over in the previous campaign.
Los Blancos became champions ahead of schedule. Even at an early stage of the season, the Blancos took the lead and did not give it to anyone until the victorious end.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 factors that helped Real Madrid win their 35th Spanish league title.
The return of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid was quite unexpected. After leaving Bayern, the coach headed not the strongest clubs. It was still possible to catch on with Napoli, but hardly with Everton. Together with The Toffees, the Italian could only gain a foothold in the middle of the Premier League standings.
Ancelotti could not turn down an offer from Real Madrid, no matter how much he was loved at Everton. Firstly, this is an opportunity to return to the top of European football and fight for all the trophies. Secondly, Carlo had unfinished business in Spain as well.
La Liga is the only championship from the top five that he has not won before. The Italian definitely wanted to go down in history as the first coach to win five top leagues. This is a very strong motivation.
It is not for nothing that Karim Benzema is called one of the main contenders for the Ballon d’Or at the end of the current season. In the current campaign, the 34-year-old striker has been helping Real Madrid on all fronts, especially in La Liga.
In the current season of La Liga, the French player has scored 27 goals. This is the best record in his career. Karim has never scored so many goals before.
Benzema is the top scorer of Real Madrid and the entire La Liga. Iago Aspas, his closest rival for the Pichichi trophy, is 9 goals behind him.
The Real Madrid forward scores an average of 0.87 goals per game, which is the best in the league. In addition, Karim is the second best assistant in La Liga, behind only Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele (12 assists to 13), and the best in the league in goal + assist (39 points). This season, Benzema claims all possible individual awards.
Benzema has become so pivotal for Real Madrid that he managed to garner the attention of various fans. At the same time, various slots have been made based on a theme of Real Madrid and Benzema’s contribution is noteworthy.
The previous 3 seasons have been tough for Vinicius. The young and promising winger did not live up to expectations, scoring less than three goals in a year in La Liga.
Everyone was waiting for progress from the Brazilian, which finally happened with the arrival of Ancelotti. In the 2021/22 season, Vinicius has scored 17 goals and collected 10 assists in La Liga so far.
These are the best figures in the career of the 21-year-old winger. The Brazilian is the third top scorer in La Liga this season and is tied with Barcelona defender Jordi Alba for third in the list of top assists.
Vinicius still squanders a lot of chances, but at the same time, he scores himself and helps Benzema to score. Together with the French player, they have one of the best attacking duos in Europe.
In general, Real Madrid is good in attack throughout the season. Los Blancos are the top team in La Liga in shots (463) and shots on target (249).
At the same time, the Blancos do not score as much from penalties as they used to, for which they have often been criticized. In the current campaign, Real Sociedad scored the most from penalties.
Factor of Thibaut Courtois
Since moving to Real Madrid, Courtois has not given serious reasons for doubt. The Belgian performs at a consistently high level. He is always extremely motivated because he himself wanted to play for Real Madrid.
The 30-year-old has conceded 29 goals so far this season in La Liga (averaging 0.83 goals per match). This is not the best indicator in Courtois’s career, but all the shortcomings of the goalkeeper and the defence of Los Blancos block his numerous saves.
This season, the Belgian has 15 clean sheets in La Liga. This is the second best score. Only Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Romero has more (19).
The percentage of such matches is 42.9%. During the season, the goalkeeper returned possession of the ball to his team 245 times. Courtois often starts the attacks of his team. To date, the Belgian has already made 921 assists.
Real Madrid’s defence is far from always perfect, so a reliable goalkeeper plays a crucial role in the success of the club.
Usually, the team that has been the most stable becomes the champion. The same goes for Real Madrid.
They lost their first match in La Liga only in October. Los Blancos have only 4 defeats in La Liga in the entire campaign, and the latter no longer had a tournament value for the Ancelotti team. Back in the first half of the season, Real Madrid made a good start to the championship.
They beat both direct competitors: Sevilla (2:1), Barcelona (2:1) and Atletico (2:0), and other strong teams: Valencia (2:1), Betis (1:0), Athletic Bilbao (1:0) and Real Sociedad (2:0).
Perhaps the fact that the closest pursuer of Real Madrid in the standings was not Atlético or Barcelona, but Sevilla played a role.
Sevilla have a good, but not a champion team. This was especially evident in the home match against Los Blancos. Julen Lopetegui’s side came close to pushing Real Madrid into a title challenge, but squandered a 2-goal lead and lost 2-3.
After this match, there was no longer any doubt that Real would become the champion. Moreover, the 35th title of Los Blancos is fully deserved.