Genuine change brewing at Real Madrid

Revolutions come about in two ways. One is to shake things up from the outside, and the other, to ignite change from within.

In the case of Real Madrid, it looks like the latter. The players who took to the field in the club’s 3-1 victory against Celta Vigo delivered a performance which seemed out of place from the unrest hanging over the club in recent months.

Against Celta, Zidane’s side didn’t resemble the team that struggled so desperately in pre-season.

The names were much the same, but the display was different, as Los Blancos made a resounding statement on the opening day, winning a game which many pecieved as a potential slip-up.

The system was fluid, with the attacking 4-3-3 formation slipping seamlessly into a more defensive 4-1-4-1 when necessary.

In wide positions, Gareth Bale and Vinicius Junior played with flexibility. As for the midfield area, Luka Modric (before his dismissal) Toni Kroos, and Casemiro imposed themselves in midfield despite a lengthy spell without playing together as a trio.

But it wasn’t a tactical revolution, instead the players competed with a fresh mentality and delivered a healthy performance.

The team played as a Real Madrid team should play, and that was the telling point.

Regardless of whether any big transfer are made between now and the end of the window closing, the current players’ desire shown against Celta will be what decides the tale of this season.