Steven Gerrard’s Rangers FC Humble Weary Real Madrid in Pre-Season Thriller

Published 07/26/2021, 6:40 AM EDT


Real Madrid finished last season with one of the most resilient stories coming out of football in a long time. They had suffered over 60 injuries in one season (which is the world record for any football club in Europe) and still reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

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Additionally, they were just two points from Atletico Madrid at the end of the season as the race for the La Liga crown went down to the wire. However, their preseason began horribly as they lost to Scottish champions Rangers FC at their stadium Ibrox.

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The Spanish side scored first as Rodrygo netted the club’s first goal of the 2021-22 season, but their opponents came back to score twice and managed to beat Madrid with a final score of 2-1. The club is managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, and he has brought Rangers back to the top in Scotland.

Meanwhile, this was Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge at his second stint in Real Madrid. He managed to win the UCL with Madrid and brought them their 10th UCL trophy. However, he will need to change a lot of things up if he wants to replicate his success.

The first half went well for Madrid as they were 1-0 up, but it all went down in the second half. Fashion Sakala equalized for Rangers in the 55th minute, and then Madrid defender Nacho got himself sent off in the 75th minute. Cedric Itten netted the winner just two minutes later as Rangers got the result they deserved.

Real Madrid and their crisis at center-back

The Los Blancos have never struggled financially, and hence, it is a surprise for the club’s fans when Madrid has reportedly decided not to sign a single player this season.

This will be daunting for Ancelotti as he has already lost one of the best center-backs of the last decade in Sergio Ramos, who moved to PSG.

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French world cup winner Raphael Varane might soon follow him out of the door, and Madrid are still reportedly reluctant to sign a replacement. They did sign former Bayern Munich defender David Alaba for free, and he’ll see a lot of playing time this season.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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