After ushering in an era of complete dominance in Europe, reigning champions Real Madrid will be highly motivated to do the impossible, winning the UEFA Champions League for the fourth consecutive time.
However, this season they will be without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who left for Juventus . But, that does not mean they still aren't a great team.
We give you five reasons why Los Blancos could still go on and win the Champions League despite the odds stacked against them.
5. No Dearth of Goals
Ever since Ronaldo left, there was always a sense of pessimism surrounding Real Madrid and their fans. With all the big names being linked with moves away from the club and none arriving in return, fan outrage was obvious.
But since the start of the season, Real's attacking players have shown immense grit and determination to prove they still possess the talent to beat any team in the world on their day.
Los Blancos have scored 12 goals in their opening seven La Liga fixtures and put three past a hapless Roma defence in the Champions League. These results have shown multiple instances of Real Madrid not depending on any one player for their success.
4. Squad Depth
One of the core aspects of any football club is their strength in reserve and Madrid seem to have ample options in this regard.
Currently, the likes of Nacho Fernandez, summer recruit Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano Diaz, Lucas Vazquez, Madrid's golden boy Asensio and Keylor Navas all have been used a lot from the bench and are awaiting regular chances in the starting XI.
While most of these players will be regulars as the season matures, it also highlights the planning that goes into keep a certain set of players fresh for certain phases of a campaign.
There is certainly no doubt that the arrival of Julen Lopetegui has had a positive effect on Real Madrid. Under his guidance, Los Blancos look like a great team instead of looking like a team of great players.
This can be proved by the fact that Real have had seven different goalscorers this season with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema leading the line. Both these players have been crucial.
The team's backbone is made up of a midfield containing the experience of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, along with defensive cover provided by Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and the most attack-minded defender in football, Marcelo, who is great going forward.
Lopetegui can actually mould this team mentally and tactically to play the style of football he as they are definitely capable of understanding his philosophy and doing what it takes to win.
2. B&B Brilliance
The departure of Ronaldo can be called as a bittersweet experience for the Los Blancos' faithful. However, this has led to the rise of their new heroes Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, who were previously living under his shadow.
Bale and Benzema have been left open to hunt and lead their team to domestic and European glory. With no Ronaldo, the duo are now liberated to showcase their talents on the pitch.
The two of them have actually enjoyed every bit of this newfound freedom, collectively amassing as many as eight goals in just five matches.
1. Winning Is in Their DNA
Real Madrid have always been one of the biggest names in the world with regards to every aspect of club football, be it marketing, finance, fan base or winning trophies.
They are the reigning champions of Europe, having won it on 13 occasions. Los Blancos have also won the La Liga a massive 33 times.
This is a team which never backs down and always finds a way through to victory even if their performance is not up to the mark.
Many underestimated this team as it won three Champions Leagues on the trot and while the probability of that happening again has hit a new low according to critics, you never know what this club can do when it comes to claiming their deserved spotlight.
Looking at five reasons why Real Madrid could win the Champions League again