Summer purchases have allowed for Carlo Ancelotti to have quality and depth in every area.
Real Madrid have spent big once again in the summer transfer window, and for a club of their stature nothing less than class in every area of the pitch will suffice.
Thanks to the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Madrid, as they stand, have a stellar set of attacking players, and a good amount of defensively minded individuals.
That is, of course, if they hold on to German World Cup star Sami Khedira. Were he to leave their midfield would all of a sudden lose balance, with the European Champions unable to rely on Xabi Alonso in the holding role for a season containing more than 50 games.
Here are the two sides available to Carlo Ancelotti this season, with noticeable depth in every area.
The first is what Madrid could opt for in the Super Cup final in Cardiff next week, with the exception of Keylor Navas who will make way for Iker Casillas.
Luka Modric, should this be the system, will be the player tasked with carrying out a more defensive role during the game, as new signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez filter in behind their star attack.
The second side is undoubtedly less experienced, but there won’t be a situation where Ancelotti will have to use this line-up. Purely to highlight their incredible depth, Madrid are likely to leave such talents as Raphael Varane, Sami Khedira and, if he stays, Angel Di Maria on the bench.
Fabio Coentrao will be one name hoping to take the fight to Marcelo for the left-back spot this season, while Jese will feature should anything happen to Karim Benzema.
In short, they are spoilt for choice, and have little excuse for failure this season.