The time has finally come! After months of intense rebuilding, the galactic superstars from the 'Casa Blanca' are ready to shine. Goal.com invites you to pick your starting XI...
It's the moment every Madridista has been waiting for. After all the hype, the glittering presentation galas, the €250 million make-over project and a few promising pre-season results, it is now time for Real Madrid to deliver the goods on the competitive front.
Deportivo La Coruna have been given the privilege to become Los Blancos' first official rival this campaign and they will not hesitate to pull out all the stops to shock the world.
Madrid coach, Manuel Pellegrini has been hard at work organising and strategising as he attempts to decode his best possible starting XI. His job has been made just a tad easier following the departures of Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, while defenders, Sergio Ramos and Pepe are unavailable. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mahamadou Diarra are still fighting to regain full fitness after undergoing knee surgeries last season.
Still, the Chilean has to figure out how to slot Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Lassana Diarra, Karim Benzema, Raul and even Gonzalo Higuain all into the one effective, cohesive and well-balanced team. Can you figure out what works best for Los Merengues?
The 18-man squad summoned by 'The Engineer' is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Jerzy Dudek
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Ezequiel Garay, Raul Albiol, Christoph Metzelder, Marcelo
Midfielders: Fernando Gago, Lassana Diarra, Guti, Esteban Granero, Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Royston Drenthe
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain
We ask you to leave your choices in the comments feature below using hyphens to separate positions, and working from right to left. For example, here is the side that could line up in a 4-2-2-2 formation:
Casillas - Arbeloa, Albiol, Metzelder, Marcelo - Lass, Xabi Alonso - Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo - Raul, Benzema