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The 2018/19 campaign was one to forget for Real Madrid. With a La Liga title race almost over by October and humiliation bringing their European dominance to an end, sights have been set on this campaign by most even before Christmas.

Embarking on a new season in 2019/20, there were plenty of reasons for optimism. The club acted quickly to swoop for long-term target Eden Hazard, a much-needed centre-forward in Luka Jović, defensive reinforcements in Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao and even promising youngsters Rodrygo Goes and Takefusa Kubo, all arriving before pre-season training even began.

Zinedine Zidane’s return had not been simple, experimenting with a number of tactical formations and set-ups at the tail end of 2018/19 which meant that many held off making judgements until this summer. A disastrous pre-season has included defeats to Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Tottenham, a penalty shoot-out win over Arsenal and another uncomfortable victory over Fenerbahce. In the process, 16 goals have been conceded compared to 11 goals scored.

This scout report will provide tactical analysis of Real Madrid with a tactical preview of the 2019/20 campaign. This analysis considers the tactics deployed by Zidane as his team look to improve on their third-placed finish in 2018/19.

If you want to read the full tactical breakdown of Real Madrid’s 2019/20 season, head over to or click HERE

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