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Real Madrid eye testing treble after Atletico mauling

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Two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties ensured Real Madrid eased past Atletico Madrid and into the Copa Del Ray final, where Barcelona are expected to join them barring any hiccups against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian tonight.

Los Blancos were too good for their city rivals over the two games, winning 5-0 on aggregate.

The 2-0 win in the Calderon was another emphatic statement of intent - the treble is a distant dream, but not an impossible one.

Carlo Ancelotti has turned a squad riddled by bitterness and political divisions under Jose Mourinho into an attacking engine of fire and flair. The implosions that ruined last season have been confined to memory, used to inspire and improve rather to dwell and decipher.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are the two teams that pose the biggest threat to Real’s treble dream.

Atletico have kept the pace so far, but the way they were dismantled in the Kings Cup was evidence they are not quite able to rub shoulders with the elite of the game just yet.

Barcelona have Lionel Messi back, fit and firing, while stalwarts Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique continue to sustain a challenge on both the domestic and European scene.

Bayern, under former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, continue to dominate on all fronts, yet Manchester City’s shock 3-2 win at the Allianz arena in December showed that, despite their brilliance, vulnerability still exists.

The Champions League trophy remains the ultimate dream, failing to win it since 2002 and watching their Catalan enemies lift it three times since is the most painful memory for Madridistas to recall.

Yet spearheaded by the imperious Ronaldo, and bolstered by the talents of Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, Real look like a side ready to conquer the world.

Of all positions, only that of goalkeeper looks below par; Iker Casillas is not the goalkeeper he once was, while Diego Lopez offers solidarity rather than the spectacular.

Madrid will hope the season ends with the glitz and glory.

After all, it is what the club is all about.

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