Not many clubs can afford such a star-studded bench as that of Real Madrid.
As there is a considerable agreement regarding who will be playing in the first team and who will be on the bench, it would be interesting to see why some of the best players in the world are warming benches.
Dudek does not look likely to get any chance of play as Iker Casillas will again be the starter. As long as Casillas stays fit and in form, Dudek will not get a chance. Considering that the former has a lifetime contract, the picture looks even gloomier.
If Antonio Adán makes the switch to senior team, then Dudek will definitely have to leave to save his career.
Christoph Metzelder and Ezequiel Garay
Metzelder was thought to be on his way out when last season closed, but now it appears that he will stay after all.
Garay has come back from a loan spell at Racing Santander, but will have to bide his time before a first-team place becomes available through suspensions, injuries, or resting.
Marcelo, Royston Drenthe, and Miguel Torres
Drenthe nearly left for Fiorentina on loan, but the move failed. He has worked hard in the preseason, but his basic defensive skills are still far from developed.
In a more defensive lineup, Torres can substitute Alvaro Arbeloa, otherwise Marcelo may get the nod. There are chances that Torres might leave.
Mahamadou Diarra, Esteban Granero, and Fernando Gago
Diarra is good defensively and has a stronger physique than Lassana Diarra. If Mahamadou stays, then he will be good backup/substitute for a position he lost through injury to his namesake.
Granero is a versatile player and has worked hard in preseason. His versatility might see him adjust to any role in which he is given a chance to play.
Gago’s passing and positioning are bad and with a bevy of other options, his chances look slim.
Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, and Jose Maria Guti
Sneijder may move to Inter Milan, where he can expect to play regularly, but apparently he has opted to stay at Real Madrid and earn his place.
With the arrival of Kaka, the future of Robben also looks doubtful for first-team place, but he can serve as a substitute.
Guti is a big name and favorite, but his form lets him down often and it seems that next season will be his last.
Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud van Nistelrooy
Last year, Higuain won the hearts of Madridistas with his hard work and dedication, but with arrival of Karim Benzema, he may have to put in more hard work to get back in the team.
Ruud van Nistelrooy was the team's best scorer before his injury, which cost him and Real Madrid dearly in terms of wins. It remains to be seen how he performs now, but he may have to wait in line behind Raul for his opportunity.