With the sealing of the first trophy last night, Real Madrid will be gearing up for a season to remember as they look forward to defending the UEFA Champions League title.
“One trophy down, five to go” is the new slogan in Madrid as they claimed the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Spanish rivals Sevilla.
Real Madrid kicked off their season in a grand style after winning the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff which is the first of six competitions Los Blancos will be vying for in 2014-15.
This good start will need to be complimented with better performances and consistency if they will have a chance to win other titles this season.
Definitely, there will be tougher matches for Real Madrid this term as they face the likes of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in their hunt for the Primera Liga as well as big teams all across Europe in a bid to be the first team to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Real Madrid is believed to have prepared fully for such challenges with their array of stars.
Despite their success last season claiming the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, they have reinforced the team this term with the arrival of James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas letting off players like Morata, Caseimeiro and Diego Lopez and a possible departure of Angel Di Maria might be on the card.
With Atletico Madrid losing some of their key players in Diego Costa, Filipe Luiz, Thibaut Courtois and David Villa it will probably be a new start in the La Liga for the defending champion but with the club boasting of a good transfer policy, they will definitely compete again.
Barcelona already signed Thomas Vermelean, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic amongst others to strengthen their team and will also give Real Madrid a run for their money.
Cristiano Ronaldo proved doubters wrong when he scored the team’s two goals last night.
He will be hoping to put the knee injury that affected him in the later part of last season and in the world cup behind him and probably enjoy his best campaign with the Los Blancos.
His two goals together with good performances from Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez will give manager, Carlo Ancelotti something to smile about. Ronaldo got on to a Gareth Bale cross after 30 minutes to give the Champions League holders the lead before taking a solo effort in the second half put the game beyond Sevilla’s reach.
Cristiano claimed with the new arrivals, his team has the potential to be the best in recent years.
Cristiano also on the night overtook Lionel Messi in the European goal list; the Portuguese now has 68 Champions League goals and two in the UEFA Super Cup for a total of 70 overtaking the 68 of Lionel Messi.
This leaves him level with former AC Milan and Juventus striker Filippo Inzaghi and six behind Real Madrid legend, Raul Gonzalez.
Despite the parade of good players in different positions, Real Madrid will also hope Cristiano Ronaldo can add to a chunk of goals he has scored with his present staying at 254 goals in 247 games for Real Madrid.