Now that James Rodriguez has secured his transfer to Real Madrid, it is that special time of year where soccer analysts begin to act like soccer hooligans and debate. This time the debate is which squad has the better attack in La Liga: Real Madrid or FC Barcelona?
With the reigning Champions League winners, Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti has three definitive goal scorers who will accumulate around 60 to 70 goals this season. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Rodriguez lead the charge for Real Madrid, and I could not have thought of a deadlier attack. For this season, I could see Ancelotti installing a 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo and Rodriguez on the wings and Benzema in the center forward position. I am not even going to talk about their midfield, because it is too amazing with Gareth Bale, Angel di Maria, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric – simply incredible. However, I could also see Ancelotti choosing a 4-2-3-1 which allows Benzema to be the true striker as well as allows for a defensive and offensive midfield presence.
FC Barcelona, on the other hand, just brought in Luis Suarez from Liverpool which would mean that Barcelona will have three players at the center forward position with Lionel Messi, Neymar and now Suarez. With three players vying for the same position, two are going to have to relinquish that position and Messi might have to follow suit. I think it is pertinent to add that Suarez will miss four months due to his infamous biting incident and Neymar will miss some time due to his vertebra injury suffered in the World Cup. So until those two players are back in the lineup, Messi’s position will be safe. This is the true flaw to Barcelona’s attack. There is a huge dilemma facing Luis Enrique Martinez Garcia, and it’s one that may cost the team a chance to win La Liga.
As it stands, Real Madrid easily have the best attack in La Liga mainly because of the formation they play and because all of those forwards are versatile with positions.