Laliga defending champions Real Madrid got off to a winning start in their season opener at Estadio Riazor against Deportivo La Coruna.
Zinedine Zidane has put together arguably the most talented team in European football. The blend of youth and experience is second to none as Real Madrid demonstrates the fusion of the present to the future effortlessly.
They showed class, grit and fluency at Camp Nou in the Spanish Super Cup and completed the job at the Santiago Bernabeu in the return leg. Real Madrid hammered Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate and thereby announced in unequivocal terms the new kings in Spain.
Madrid’s first eleven is solid; the second is fluent and exciting. Whenever Zidnane decides to blend – there is explosion.
Such is the reality of Los Blancos that they are simply unplayable when they turn up their gear and are willing to go for it.
Zidane and his team had a rather lackluster pre-season where they lost to bitter rivals Barcelona and then Manchester United.
That they were out of sorts wasn’t in question but the sentiment was that they had probably peaked at the end of last season with the double triumphs in LaLiga and Europe.
Just as that line of thought was beginning to take root within some doubters, Real Madrid totally outclassed Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup to win their first trophy of the season.
Fans are still savouring that victory when they produced another compelling performance to trump Barcelona home and away in the Spanish Super Cup.
Two trophies on the bounce and in the new season – Los Blancos are back in business and profitably so.
With contract situations regarding Zidane, Isco and a host of others sorted out; full attention was on LaLiga and Deportivo La Coruna was the unfortunate host to test strength and capacity.
There was no Ronaldo in the starting eleven but he was hardly missed as the Capital club brushed aside the little threat posed by their host.
Three well taken goals at the end of the match signified that the champions are truly honed for the season.