Which Teams Will Present the Main Threat to Bayern Munich Next Season?
The pursuit of the Decima has become all-consuming at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, and no club can match the history of Real Madrid when it comes to the European Cup. That Los Merengues may ultimately fall short in that pursuit will only increase the clubs resolve.
There is likely to be a summer of comings and goings in the Spanish capital which could serve to either strengthen or destabilise a club which has visited the semi-finals in the past three years.
However, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil will almost certainly remain, leaving an extremely strong backbone, whoever sits on the bench as manager.
On their day, Real Madrid remains one of the most devastating attacking forces in world football, capable of beating opponents in a multitude of ways.
It is a club which is seemingly always there or thereabouts at the end of the European season.
And given their illustrious history and current crop of talent, much like their most bitter rivals, it would be foolish to back against them being contenders again next season.