Real Madrid have continues their form of last season throughout this campaign, one or two patchy results aside.
As we begin to wind down into the short winter break, the teams at the top of La Liga will want to be in pole position to mount a serious challenge from the get-go in the New Year.
However, a by-product of Real's Champions League success is that they will be Europe's representatives in the Club World Cup, taking place in Morocco between 10 and 20 December.
Whilst the kudos of being potential World Champions is obvious, the fixture pile up that will ensue could mean that Real's La Liga ambitions are derailed for another season.
Games against high-flying Sevilla and Almeria will have to be rescheduled, but with the onset of the Copa del Rey and then the resumption of the Champions League, the question will be when those league games can be played.
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Real therefore potentially face a midweek game every week for the first three months of 2015, meaning that Carlo Ancelotti will need to make full use of his entire playing staff.
It's hardly ideal preparation for an outfit that have pretensions of title winners - as you would expect for such an expensively assembled outfit.
Cristiano Ronaldo has made quite clear his decision to play in a tournament that is the only one he has failed to win in a glittering club career, but with his troublesome knee problem showing no signs of abating will this be a tournament too far for the Portuguese?
Real themselves have never been World Champions and having the little gold badge nestling between the Real crest and kit manufacturer logo will add a few hundred thousand more to club coffers with the sale of replica shirts expected to go through the roof.
From a marketing perspective too, "World Champions" has a decent ring to it.
But will any proposed triumph be short-lived once the games start arriving thick and fast in the new year?
Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for.
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