By Alex Al-Kazzaz
This season, Real Madrid has a chip on their shoulder. Out of their many objectives this season, the most important is winning the UEFA Champions League. In 2022, Los Blancos arguably had their most glorious and historic Champions League triumph, claiming the game's ultimate prize for the 14th time. Last season, they were determined to do it again, but they failed humiliatingly.
Despite their failed quest at successfully retaining the Champions League title, Los Blancos didn't have a terrible 2022-23 season. They won the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup. Based on what happened to them in the Champions League last season, Los Blancos are licking their chops as they desire to be crowned champions of Europe for the 15th time. And they'd love to meet Manchester City again on the way.
In June, club talisman Karim Benzema departed the club for Saudi Arabia. Recently, the Kylian Mbappé transfer saga resurfaced, and it appears the club is pursuing the French forward; however, until the move is 100 percent confirmed and official, there's nothing to report. Earlier this month, the club signed English midfielder Jude Bellingham and the club's midfield is stacked.
Regarding the forward/striker position, it looks like Vinicius Jr. is fully taking over. Rodrygo may jump in the mix, but with the Mbappé drama, there's no telling what will happen. With a brilliant plethora of midfield talent, Real Madrid's attack looks poised for dominance on paper, but the results on the pitch will truly tell the story. The club has a lot of potential going into this season. Despite some concern regarding their defense, they can win games in convincing fashions. They'll likely fight tooth and nail with arch-rivals Barcelona for the La Liga title, but Real Madrid is always hungry for competition. Atletico Madrid shouldn't be counted out of the race, either.
Next week, Los Blancos will wrap up their preseason USA tour, and they'll start their La Liga campaign on the 12th of next month. Later next month, the group stage draw for the 2023-24 Champions League will take place. Real Madrid is adamant to win every title possible. In other words, they want to reclaim their crown as Europe's best club and rule the way they always have, with an iron fist.