Pre-season has become a great business that measures the European heavyweights. The business shouldn’t cloud the view of the supporter and, as Karim Benzema said, this is still pre-season. What happens is that, in years gone by, you would play against much weaker teams in the summer, but now you test yourself against the very best that hurt you as soon as you slip up.
It turns out that Real Madrid have under-performed, but better that this happens now than in a Super Cup final or at the beginning of the LaLiga Santander season. Without taking these things out of context, neither are Real Madrid blind and they have seen that the middle of the field is where the team is suffering. It’s clear that you must bring in players who radically shake that position of comfort after so many years of glory, and also has the most guaranteed starting place with the exits of Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos.
Paul Pogba is a midfielder who has a profile which Los Blancos lack at this moment and it’s logical that Zinedine Zidane would desire such an important player for his project. Donny van de Beek would also do well pushing forward from a deep position, but doesn’t have the reputation of Pogba, or Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro. The dream scenario at this moment, and after five pre-season matches, is that Real Madrid sign both players, and everyone would be happy.