CD Tacón’s metamorphosis into Real Madrid reaches its halfway point. How is it going?

An exceptional marriage

CD Tacón first season was meant to be a rollercoaster./ Credit: CD Tacón Twitter

The bright side

  • The team has a leader on the pitch: Sofia Jakobsson. The Swede, who could have chosen to limit her influence and hide behind her talent, is leading Tacón in every area and is putting on amazing physical displays on every match. Her attacking abilities produce lots of goals and the bond with Kosovare Asllani is unequivocal, but it is her commitment in midfield that makes the difference.
  • The middle class is here: there is a group of squad players who do not fit the profiles outlined above. They are key to medium-term consistency: Yohana and Ana Valles in goal, Ainoa Campo and Babett Peter in defense, Chioma Ubogagu and Jessica Martinez up front. We are talking about players who quickly adapted to Primera Iberdrola’s demands. Closing the season in a comfortable mid-table position will depend on their performance. So far so good.
  • The fear of relegation is receding: at the moment, the only clear danger that would derail completely Real Madrid’s current project is relegation. Luckily for CD Tacón, the team has reached a threshold of strength that contrasts with the messy situation experienced by clubs such as Espanyol, Real Betis, Sporting de Huelva and Valencia.

Looking ahead

  • What to expect next: Fighting for silverware should not be the target. Instead, Women’s UEFA Champions League reform will open a new and interesting path. From next season onwards, an additional ticket to European competition will be awarded in Spain to the team finishing third in Primera Iberdrola. And so, Real Madrid will be able to postpone a face to face battle against FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, the two giants by the time being. Real’s fight for third will anyway be a tough challenge with the likes of Levante UD, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad up and ready.
  • How to achieve it: Florentino Pérez and Real Madrid’s transfer window pedigree is well known around the world. Everybody expects fireworks to mark Real landing in the women’s game, and so a ‘Galáctica’ signing should be not out of the cards. Next season, though, will be defined by a different kind of signings, as their roster is not only demanding strikers but, crucially, a higher dose of physical strenght to dominate defense and midfield.
  • “But we want names!”: I get it, ok. Rumours about Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe or Marta coming to Madrid won’t stop, although is crystal clear the club does not need them for now. Instead there are top players out there, probably living on the frontier of stardom, who would put Real Madrid on the right track. The list could go on and on, but I’ll name Christiane Endler, Magdalena Eriksson, Laia Aleixandri, Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, Damaris Egurrola or Nahikari García as players I’d sign blindfolded. Real’s rise should cement around these type of footballers.
Chioma Ubogagu fights for the ball against Barca’s Leila and Alexia./ Credit: CD Tacón Twitter

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