Raphael Varane has left the Bernabeu this summer in search of success at Manchester United, although David Alaba is a new arrival at the Spanish capital and there will be lots of optimism that Real Madrid can overcome Barcelona in the title race considering that Lionel Messi has left the Nou Camp.

Sergio Ramos is another defender that is going to be hard to replace although Zinedine Zidane’s side have been handed a favourable opening match for the 2021-22 La Liga campaign and they were actually the best performing Spanish side during the second half of the campaign.

Luka Modric is still packing a punch in a midfield which is packed with Casemiro and Toni Kroos, with Karim Benzema capable of pilfering goals and we’re expecting them to overcome an Alaves side who were only four points above the relegation zone last season.

Javier Calleja will hope this is a good time to be clashing with the Spanish giants, although the chances are that they will fall short as the manager looks to bed in a number of new recruits.

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