History tells us that a trophyless season at Real Madrid will not be tolerated, not by the fans and certainly not by the club’s boardroom hierarchy.
As Jose Mourinho found out, despite delivering three pieces of silverware in three years, including a La Liga title in 2012, one misfiring campaign is one too many.
Carlo Ancelotti is the new man at the helm, the Italian being charged with healing the dressing room rifts that surfaced under Mourinho and, ultimately, securing their first Champions League crown in over a decade.
Florentino Perez, the club’s outspoken president, described European football’s ultimate crown as “the most coveted trophy” at Ancelotti’s unveiling, leaving the former Paris Saint-Germain boss with a clear message.
Tactical changes could be at the heart of their quest after Real’s deficiencies were laid bare by Borussia Dortmund at the semi-final stage last season.
And with a host of new faces expected in the Bernabeu home dressing room this summer, we look at just some of the on-field changes their new manager could make as they chase the ultimate prize next term.