Real Madrid’s expensive summer will require silverware to justify their business.
Following yet another summer of big-money transfer activity from Real Madrid, just what will the board consider acceptable in terms of return on the pitch this season?
A few of their players have spoken routinely about wanting to win all six, but the fact is that is not going to happen. So which trophies and how many will ensure Carlo Ancelotti avoids the sack at the end of the season?
Well, failure to win La Liga alone could see huge consequences. Not only have the club won their domestic league just once in the last six seasons, but they must now wrestle it back from the other team in Madrid, Atletico.
They need to find a consistency and a stride in the league, and stop dropping silly points to lower ranked sides. Even at the Bernabeu in recent seasons, teams have come and claimed draws and victories that in the long run dent their challenge, just look at Valencia last term.
Nearly £100million has been spent on James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas, and there must be trophies in abundance over the next few seasons to justify their arrivals.
As well as the league, Madrid bosses will also be keen to further enhance their European stature, becoming the first team to defend the Champions League in the new format. They have the tools to do it, but the likes of Bayern, Barca and Chelsea will all be back stronger.
The Copa del Rey is there for the taking depending on how much Ancelotti prioritises it, as is the FIFA World Club Championship. As for the Super Cup’s, Madrid should stroll to victory over Sevilla in Cardiff, and will be hopeful of outmuscling Atletico in the domestic version.
La Liga and/or the Champions League will keep Ancelotti in his job, as it did last season. Failure to win either of those two, despite the possibility of claiming other trophies, could see his reign come to an end.