Several Real Madrid Improvements

Real Madrid enjoyed a successful campaign as the La Liga title was wrestled back from Barcelona and the Champions League defended due to the victory over Juventus in Cardiff.

However, several players can also claim individual, as well as collective, success at the Santiago Bernabeu last season.

No fewer than six players made more first team appearances in 2016-17 than before.

One of the biggest winners was forward Lucas Vazquez, his total of 50 appearances for Zinedine Zidane smashed the Spanish internationals best of 33 outings for Real in a season.

In his return season at the Bernabeu, re-signing from Juventus last summer, Alvaro Morata’s 43 games bettered the 34 he had manage in the final campaign of his first spell at Real, 2013-14.

Brazilian international Casemiro’s importance to Zidane’s side was seen as his 42 appearances meant the midfielder played seven more games than his previous best return of 34, also from 2013-14.

Yet, the biggest improvement of all was seen with Nacho, who has proven himself a worthy squad member, as his 39 appearances more than doubled the Spanish international defenders previous best of just 17 in a season.

Mateo Kovacic and Kiko Casilla’s second seasons at the Bernabeu saw the midfielder play five extra games, 39, and the goalkeeper 12 more when featuring in 19.

Meanwhile, also in his second season as a first team player, keeper Ruben Yanez was handed his competitive debut.