Madrid's squad is amongst the strongest in the world.
Unfortunately for Jose Mourinho, key individuals have spent time on the sidelines this year. Players have been forced to ply their trade out of favoured positions, leading to a number of disappointing performances.
Fitness problems are starting to ease.
Most of Madrid's superstars are back—and it shows. Against Athletic Bilbao, we saw a number of excellent displays. While Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso took control of the midfield, Madrid's substitutes came on and contributed just as admirably.
Everyone is fighting for a place in the starting lineup. This is absolutely vital for a club of Madrid's size. Mourinho's men are expected to compete for every trophy—having strength in depth is the only way to sustain a real challenge.
It's hard to suggest exactly who will start in Madrid's upcoming Champions League clash against Manchester City.
Sami Khedira came on and screwed in the fifth goal, Alvaro Morata entered the pitch with supreme confidence and Angel Di Maria looked sharp in possession. Add Kaka and Michael Essien to this list, and it's clear to see Mourinho has plenty to choose from.
Competition in the team will force individuals to continuously up their game. Madrid fans should be excited.