Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League trophy last season and few would bet against them making it a hat-trick of titles next May.
Zinedine Zidane’s side showed their class with a superb 5-1 aggregate victory in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.
And it’s worth pointing out that Cristiano Ronaldo played less than 30 minutes across both legs and neither Gareth Bale or Isco were needed in Wednesday’s night’s return fixture at the Bernabeu.
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Zidane got excellent performances out of a number of his players, including Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane.
Add Ronaldo back into the mix after he serves his five-match ban and it’s scary to think what this Real side will be capable of.
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Varane has been linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho but there’s no chance Zidane will consider selling the Frenchman after his recent performances.
Just 24-years-old, Real must finally be confident that Varane will be a mainstay in their defence for years to come, just as Sergio Ramos has been since 2005.
Varane destroyed Suarez for pace
It’s his physical abilities that make Varane such a terrific player and he showcased his blistering pace last night.
Chasing a long ball alongside Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, Varane left the Uruguayan eating dust and then had the composure to find Dani Carvajal.
Watch Varane’s lightning speed at 1:20 in the video below.
Real Madrid fans react
Real Madrid fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief at Varane’s pace.
Real are looking great right now
So things are looking rosy at the Bernabeu as Real prepare to defend their La Liga title.
Los Blancos have now won two pieces of silverware this month - topping Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup - and Zidane is pleased with the start his side has made to the season.
"We had to be prepared for the start of the season and in the end, we got two important trophies against two important teams," Zidane, who has now won seven trophies as Real’s head coach, said after his latest triumph, per Goal.
"We have done very well to start the season. We have a lot. It is going to be very difficult but we are happy.
"In the first half, we were spectacular. The intensity and pressure, and possession of the ball. The second half suffered a little because Barça attacked us."
Real get their league campaign up and running with a trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening.
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