Liga - Analysis: Can Real Madrid win all six trophies?

One down, five to go. After their 2-0 win over Sevilla in the European Super Cup final, we wonder if Real Madrid can lift the lot this season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo added the Super Cup to his collection of honours

First of all, what six trophies are we talking about?

The European Super Cup - which they left Cardiff with last night - plus the Champions League, La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Club World Cup and the Supercopa de Espana. Unprecedented? Sort of: Barcelona achieved this remarkable feat in 2009, although they did so in one calendar year spread across two seasons, rather than in one single campaign.


Could they do it?

Well, you wouldn't argue against them. After all, this a squad assembled at a cost of £530 million. They will be disappointed if they don't end the season with the Champions League or La Liga. At least. The bookies priced them at 33/1 for the clean sweep before last night. You can knock a couple of points off that this morning.


Nice one. So how did they perform last night?

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Gareth Bale

By all accounts, pretty damn well. Ronaldo struck in each half against Sevilla to ensure a successful Wales homecoming for his team-mate Gareth Bale as the star-studded Spanish giants won 2-0 and thrilled a capacity 33,500 crowd with their all-singing, all-dancing game. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti paraded his awe-inspiring wealth of playing talent, with new arrivals James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos joining Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in a team captained by goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Although the Spanish domestic season does not start for almost another fortnight, Madrid already look in ominous form, suggesting they will not only challenge for another European crown but also seriously threaten Atletico Madrid's reign as La Liga champions.

Sounds good. What about Gareth Bale in Cardiff?

Bale joined Madrid from Tottenham in a world-record £86m deal last summer, and also stamped his class on proceedings, delivering a precision cross from which Ronaldo scored his opener. Looks like he has bulked up Rafael Nadal-style. Hopefully, his knees will take the strain.


He must have been happy to be back in Wales?

Sounds like it. "It was amazing," he purred. "They (the local fans) are always amazing when we are here for internationals. So to be here with Real Madrid was special and they were great as always. I've been working hard through pre-season. I'm in better shape than I was coming into last season, so I'm looking forward to it and hopefully I can improve on last season."

So what did Ronaldo they make of it all?

They all seemed fairly happy with their night's work as you can see from what Ronaldo was chirping afterwards. He was even presented with the man of the match award by his old mentor Sir Alex Ferguson. A dream night's work for Ronnie.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez

"It was my first official match this season, and I felt good," he said. "I managed to score and that gave me confidence, and I am going to continue to work to improve my level. We realised it would be a complex game tonight, but we played well and created opportunities. We played with intensity, and we were justified winners, which is why we are taking the cup back home. This was a trophy I wanted because I hadn't won it in my career. I was nervous to see how I would feel on the pitch, but I am happy because I scored twice."

And are new signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez fitting in well to the Champions League holders?

According to Cristiano, very well indeed. "As I said, these are two crucial players for us. They helped the team win. We are happy to welcome them. Kroos and Rodriguez are integrating themselves well - they are fantastic players."

Carlo Ancelotti's sacking by Chelsea in 2011 continues to look ridiculous, doesn't it?

It does. And on nights like last night, even more so. He went one season without winning a trophy at Stamford Bridge a year after lifting the double, and was sacked. Yet Jose Mourinho won nothing in his first season back at the club, and is allowed to spend, spend, spend. A nonsensical shout really by Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

What did the Italian coach make of his side's first serious outing of the new campaign?

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Real Madrid

He was a happy chap. "The team played very well, especially bearing in mind we didn't have much time to prepare. The game worked out pretty well. I think we might be starting a very important cycle. We have a squad of extraordinary quality - I am fortunate to be able to coach an outstanding group of players It's hard to improve this team. We have an outstanding set of players, and it is important to use the squad to its full capacity. To be competitive in all competitions we need to rotate players."

Was Colombia's World Cup leading light young James Rodridguez happy enough with his contribution?

Sounded content, but suggested there is a bit more to come. "I don't think it gives a full assessment (of what I can do). I have only been training with the team for 11 days. I'm still a little bit away and obviously I can still get more familiar with the team."

Are we calling him James (the English version) or Hames, or just Jimmy?

Whever works for you in whatever language you are using. You'll see plenty of him in Europe this season.

So what next for this new version of the Galacticos?

The second leg of the bid for six trophies sees them face two matches in the Spanish Super Cup with Liga holders Atletico. They play at the Bernabeu on Monday with the return leg at Atletico's Vicente Calderon a week tomorrow.

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