Wednesday evening's 4-1 win over Galatasaray meant more than just qualification into the last 16 of the Champions League.
Sergio Ramos’ pre-match display of camaraderie toward his team-mates in the tunnel suggested all is well in the Spanish capital, and after this result there can be few complaints.
The second hammering of a Galatasaray side containing star names such as Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder and Felipe Melo is a testament to that, but it does not do the feat justice.
Los Blancos were forced to play for over an hour with 10 men following Ramos' dismissal, and therefore, the comfortable nature of the win was somewhat an eye-opener.
No Ronaldo, no Modric and mostly no Ramos—three key Bernabeu figures absent.
With this in mind, Madridistas should be confident that Real's future is bright for the following five reasons.