Levante vs Real Madrid Preview
Real Madrid will look to move to six points in two La Liga games when they continue their 2021-22 campaign away from Levante on Sunday night.
The Whites opened their new season with an impressive 4-1 away win over Alavés last weekend, while Levante drew 1-1 with Cádiz in their first game of the campaign.
Levante is operating in its fifth consecutive season at this level of football, registering finishes of 15, 15, 12, and 14 since winning promotion to the top flight for the 2017-18 campaign.
Paco López’s team reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey last season but struggled to maintain consistency in the league and was just seven points ahead of the last three at the end of the campaign.
Las Ranas came close to achieving an opening night victory over Cádiz last Friday, with a goal from José Luis Morales in the 39th minute that separated the two teams as they entered the final stage of the contest, but the Yellow Submarine achieved the tie in the 97th minute to secure a share of the loot.
Levante have managed to bring Enric Franquesa and Roberto Soldado to the club this summer, while players like Tono García, Cheick Doucoure and Ruben Rochina have moved on.
López’s team recorded a 2-1 victory over Los Blancos when the two teams last met in January, while also running out 1-0 winners in the corresponding match during the 2019-20 campaign.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, opened their new La Liga season with an impressive 4-1 win at Alavés last Saturday, with Karim Benzema, Nacho, and Vinicius Junior on the scoreboard for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
The Whites reached the semifinals of last season’s Champions League and finished second in La Liga, just two points behind champions Atlético de Madrid, and it is expected to be another fascinating battle for the title, with the three favorites. , including Barcelona. posting wins in the first weekend.
Real Madrid only lost four league games last season, but three of them came before the end of November, which ultimately cost them; It has been a summer of changes, with key figures such as Raphael Varane, Zinedine Zidane, and Sergio Ramos advancing, but there is still a very talented squad at the Bernabéu.
The team’s start to the season, at least on paper, is favorable, with matches against Real Betis, Celta Vigo, Valencia, and Mallorca before a home game against Villarreal in late September. October, meanwhile, will bring the first Clásico of the season, with Los Blancos visiting Barcelona.
Real Madrid were excellent on their travels last season, scoring 42 points from 19 games, and their performance against Alavés last time out would certainly have increased confidence in the camp.