For the first time since before Pep Guardiola turned Barcelona into the best team in football, Xavi and company enter the new season without the league trophy in hand.
Last season, Real Madrid won their first La Liga title under Jose Mourinho, and they did it in record fashion.
Los Merengues scored more goals in La Liga than any club had ever done in one of Europe's major leagues. They finished with 100 points, the most in league history.
Cristiano Ronaldo beat his own scoring record set a year before and also broke countless other records en route to the league title.
In the end, Real Madrid won La Liga by nine points—with the emotionally clinching victory coming against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
The final point tally was large, but if not for a few late slip-ups by Mourinho's men, Real could have won the league by much more.
As a response, I have put together a few reasons why Real Madrid could retain their title as they begin a new era of league dominance.
After reading, let us know who you think will win La Liga and why.