Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray: Dominant Win Proves Los Blancos Is Team to Beat

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 3, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 3, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid is on a mission to capture the Champions League.

This was never more apparent than on Wednesday, as Los Blancos easily handled Galatasaray, winning 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal matchup. 

Real Madrid came out focused and prepared, and it showed from the opening whistle. 

Los Blancos went quickly on attack, and in just the ninth minute, the great Cristiano Ronaldo netted the game's first goal. 

Real Madrid looked so dominant that, at that point, it already felt safe not only to just hand them this match, but advance them to the quarterfinals. 

They did nothing but further that assumption as the game played out. Real Madrid remained in full control. Karim Benzema added another goal in the first half, and the relentless pressure wore down Galatasaray.

By the second half, Real Madrid's play was breaking Galatasaray's will, a sign of what's in store for the rest of the Champions League. 

This performance was especially impressive, given that it came against a Galatasaray club brimming with confidence after a string of three impressive wins in a row. 

That confidence quickly vanished in the face of Real Madrid's fierce attack. 

It is clear that Real Madrid is geared for success in this Champions League. Los Blancos fell behind Barcelona early in the La Liga race, and for all intents and purposes, their chance at capturing their second straight La Liga crown disappeared long ago. 

Now, it is the rest of the Champions League that will pay the price, as this talented team focuses its brilliance on coming out on top.

With firepower in the likes of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria gunning for this title, all other clubs are looking up at Madrid. 

In what seems like a technicality now, Madrid will head to Turk Telekom Arena on April 9 with a commanding 3-0 lead.