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Managing Real Madrid: Squad, Structure, Expectations & Tactics for FM23

Learn about Real Madrid's squad, structure, expectations, and potential tactics for FM23 in this comprehensive analysis for aspiring managers.
Managing Real Madrid: Squad, Structure, Expectations & Tactics for FM23

Football Manager 2023 Real Madrid tactic and team guide. Club culture and board requirements, tactics, key players, youth prospects and potential transfers in FM23.



Here is a brief analysis of the Real Madrid squad, their club structure, the relationship any potential managers will have with the board, expectations and possible tactics any FM23 manager can use.

About Real Madrid


Real are a professional football club that ply their trade in La Liga. Unlike most European sporting entities, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club throughout its history. Real Madrid is the richest football club in the world. Real Madrid is one of three founding members of La Liga that have never been relegated from the top division since its inception in 1929. 

Real Madrid is the 2nd most dominant team in La Liga. Domestically, Real have won 68 trophies; 35 La Liga (a record), 19 Copa del Rey, 12 Supercopa de EspaƱa, 1 Copa Eva Duarte, and 1 Copa de la Liga trophies. In international club football, the club has won 26 European and worldwide titles; 14 UEFA Champions League titles, 3 UEFA Cup Winners' Cups, 4 UEFA Super Cup's and 4 FIFA Club World Cups.

Real Madrid are the defending La Liga and Champions League winners. The minimum board requirements once you take over will be;

Objective

• Win La Liga 
• reach the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League 
• Be competitive in the Spanish Cup 
• Be competitive in the Super Cup

Additionally, you will be required to play attacking football and be required to sign high-profile players and youngsters under the age of 23 for the first team.

The supporter culture and expectations once you take over will be;

Vision

Real Madrid have top-class training facilities and an excellent youth system. Their 2nd team, Real Madrid Castilla, play in the 2nd division of Spanish Football, and you can give game time to youngsters who are knocking on the doors of a first-team chance.

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Squad, Formation, and Tactical Style


Real Madrid is generally an attacking team. A vertical tiki-taka is probably the best tactic to go with, considering what the board wants, but since the squad is versatile, you can alter the formation as you see fit.

A 4-3-3 is how Real Madrid line-up in real life and is probably the best-suited formation to the available squad of players.

A rough example of what your line-up would look like in a 4-3-3 formation is as follows;

Tactics

Thibaut Courtois as a sweeper-keeper. 

Antonio Rudiger & Eder Militao as the 2 centre backs and Rudiger can be deployed as a ball-playing defender. 

Dani Carvajal & David Alaba as a wing-back and a full-back, respectively. 

Federico Valverde, Luka Modric & Toni Kroos make up the 3-man central midfield, with Valverde operating as a Box to box midfielder, Kroos as a Deep Lying Playmaker & Modric as a Mezzala.

Vinicius Junior as the left-attacking midfielder in an inside forward role & Rodrygo on the right wing as a winger. 

Karim Benzema as a lone forward in a Deep Lying Forward role.

Alternatively, you can go with a 4-2-3-1 formation if you wish to switch things around.

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Key Players


The entire squad is riddled with key players with some players are the best in their positions in the entire world.

Federico Valverde

Valverde

The Uruguayan midfielder has really come of age in the last 2 seasons. He is currently amongst the best midfielders in world football and has the ability to pop with important goals in clutch situations.

Karim Benzema

Benzema

The current Ballon d'Or winner is currently one of the best forwards in world football. He is an excellent goal scorer and has the ability to bring other attackers into the game with his passing.

Thibaut Courtois

Courtois

Courtois is amongst the best keepers in the world and can be a Madrid legend in the making. His aerial reach and reflexes are second to none, and he can easily shape the results for Madrid with his performances.

Vinicius Junior

Junior

At just 21, Vinicius is already one of the best wingers in world football and can still improve in time. His pace, trickery and ability to score important goals are invaluable.

READ ALSO: Football Manager 2023 Best Players Shortlist

Youth Prospects


There are a few exciting young prospects in the ranks who have the potential to be some of the best players in the league. A few examples are,

Eduardo Camavinga

Camavinga

Camavinga is one of the best young players in the game and develops into an amazing midfielder in almost all saves.

Bruno Iglesias

Iglesias

The Spanish attacking midfielder currently plays for the B team and has the potential to be one of the top players for Madrid in the future.

Alvaro Rodriguez

Rodriguez

Rodriguez currently plays for the B team and is touted as one of the best Spanish talents in Madrid. In time, he can be a great goal scorer for both club and country.

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Weaknesses


Real Madrid is facing a significant challenge with their bench strength, as it is not as strong as it once was. Managers who take over the team will need to invest in the transfer market to bring in new players who can provide quality backup to the first team. This is particularly important, given that some of the best talents at the club are ageing, and it may be challenging to replace them in the future. Without significant investments in the transfer market, Real Madrid may struggle to compete at the highest level, and their success may be short-lived. It is crucial for the club to have a long-term plan to ensure that they can continue to maintain their dominance in the coming years.

Potential Transfers (in)


Despite being one of the strongest squads in La Liga, Madrid's squad quality has definitely dipped over the past 2 seasons, and these additions could bolster the squad.

Kylian Mbappe
Pedro Porro

Potential Transfers (Out)


These players may be surplus to requirements at the club or may not be of the expected quality.

• Dani Ceballos 
• Mariano

Summary


Real Madrid is a dream to manage for most FM managers. With a plethora of stars and the reputation of being one of the best clubs in the world, it is easy to see the allure. However, with a lot of foreign investments, clubs from other leagues are challenging Madrid. Can you take over the club and solidify their status as the most dominant club in Europe?

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