What will Fabio Coentrao bring to Real Madrid’s squad? – La Liga

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What will Fabio Coentrao bring to Real Madrid’s squad? – La Liga

With his arrival at Santiago Bernabéu is almost imminent, Fabio Coentrao’s credential are anything but sure. As a young full back, he has not proved himself at the international level up till now and he has not made an impact for
the Portuguese giants in the UEFA Champions League as well. Benfica’s wing back is undoubtedly one of the best talents coming through from right now. The left back was recently signed by Real Madrid for 30 million Euros as Jose Mourinho and co. have
opted to strengthen their defensive department.
Last season, Real Madrid’s offense was firing on all cylinders but their was suspect in some of the key fixtures of the season. Their offensive firepower pulled them through some tough times in the 2010-2011 season but
it was against Barcelona in both the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish Primera Division that Real Madrid’s defensive failings were laid In the first El Clásico at Nou Camp, Real Madrid were dealt a humiliating five goal defeat by the Catalan giants
and then at Santiago Bernabéu, held their league rivals to a draw.
Both the Spanish giants also played each other in the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League where Real Madrid ended as the second best team once again after they lost the first leg at home by two goals to nil and then only managed
to drew at the Nou Camp. In all of these encounters, Barcelona exploited the left hand side of to score
for Barcelona.
Even though the Brazilian defender was one of the best right wing backs in the Spanish Primera Division, he failed to make himself count against Barcelona. In the end, the competition between Real Madrid and Barcelona is so tough
in the Spanish league that the title itself is in fact decided by the results of the two El Clásicos. Fabio Coentrao’s arrival will allow Jose Mourinho to tinker with his line up now. He can alternate between Marcelo and Fabio without losing the offensive
edge that his team obtains by playing an attack minded wing back behind on the left wing.
In Coentrao, Madrid have a better defender than Marcelo but an equally talented crosser of the ball too. His performance against Spain in the round of sixteen of the 2010 FIFA World Cup last summer was a sight to behold as he took
the game by the scruff of the neck and tried to turn the tide in favour of the Portuguese national team. In the end had already caught the eye.
Last summer, the Benfica defender was linked to a move away from the Stadium of Light in Portugal but Jose Mourinho decided to pull back as he wanted to give Marcelo a chance to prove himself. Now Marcelo has wasted that chance
and the onus has fallen upon Fabio Coentrao to take up his place. It will be interesting to see whether Mourinho alternates between his two wing backs but one thing is for sure that Coentrao will be preferred to Marcelo for the bigger matches.
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