Gareth Bale finally seems destined to sign for Real Madrid and, with the Welshman set to be teaming up with Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid must feel they can claim a 10th major European title this season.
Bale, who took the Premier League by storm last season, will be determined to make up for lost time in Europe’s elite competition after missing out on the tournament with Spurs last season.
And, a Bale, Ronaldo combo will strike fear into the hearts of every club in Europe – including the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If Carlo Ancelotti can set his Real side up the way he wants to, then the Bernabeu outfit will take some beating.
Any defence that can stop a rampant Bale has to be good, let alone a rampant Ronaldo occupying him. The pair offer power, speed, strength and most importantly goals. On the counter attack they will be almost unstoppable.
With a solid base at the back and two of the world’s best players on either wing, Real are setup very nicely for a Champions League challenge. Last season they made it to the semi-final stage, but were eventually undone by a hard-working Borussia Dortmund team.
This year, under the guidance of Ancelotti, they will feel they can reach that next step. When in need of a goal, they have two players that they can certainly rely on. They also have two players desperate to claim Europe’s major prize.
Ronaldo, after winning the Champions League once with Manchester United, must have become very frustrated with Real’s lack of progress in Europe and will be determined to get his hands on the trophy in the white of Madrid.
And Bale will be desperate to show his talents on the biggest stage of them all. As long as these two don’t try to out do each other, they could become one of the greatest double acts Europe has ever seen.
Real Madrid will certainly be a team to avoid once the Champions League group draw is made later this afternoon.