Eleven-time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid would make the La Liga title a priority this season in a bid to end their archrival’s dominance.
Luis Enrique is going into the new season with a hope of equalling a similar effort by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola when he won three successive La Liga titles. Like Pep, Enrique won treble two years ago and retained the La Liga crown last term. He would keen on winning it for a third successive time.
On the other hand, Real Madrid have not won the La Liga title in eight years since Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho did. Having established their status in Europe as the biggest and most successful club, Real Madrid under coach Zinedine Zidane would be keen on landing a La Liga title this season. Zidane has won over those who doubted his capability to manage the club with the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup titles.
President Florentino Perez didn’t make any addition this summer with the La Liga season set to begin, and Zidane mentioned that the team doesn’t require any changes. Real only activated their buy back clause to get Alvaro Morata from Juventus. The deal seemed to be a purchase to resell to Premier League clubs that wanted him but Madrid opted to retain him in attack. The 23-year old Spain international scored three goals at the Euro 2016, and is set to compete with Karim Benzema for a place in the attack, alongside superstar signings Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Madrid squad housing Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Croatia international Luka Modric is just full of talented players. With a coach that turned the fortunes of the club to get 22 victories in 27 games in the last season when he took over in January, Madrid can make a strong case to steal the La Liga crown from Barcelona.