Despite playing three friendlies against three of Europe's traditionally bigger clubs, Inter Milan, Roma and Manchester United, this didn't feel like ideal preparation for Real Madrid's new season.
And that's not just because they failed to register a win in the International Champions Cup.
The World Cup meant they left Spain with half a squad, and while players did gradually join them along the way, Ancelotti never had the chance to integrate his new signings, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, into the side.
Even Cristiano Ronaldo, who perhaps needs more of a rest than he is willing to admit, flew across to America for a mere 20-minute cameo against his former club, United.
Now, Madrid must turn their attention toward the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Supercopa—with a friendly against Fiorentina sandwiched in the middle—where they will be forced to bed in their new players ahead of the new campaign.
It hasn’t felt, so far, like the ideal preparation for the start of a season.