Real Madrid have a history of winning and will want to continue that in the near future.
By bringing in Jose Mourinho, Real proved that they want to make a team that can compete with Barcelona, a team that has been named by many as one of the best teams ever assembled.
Mourinho was quick to bring in a host of players that he saw important to his plans. With Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria, Ricardo Carvalho, Sergio Canales and Pedro Leon joining a team that already had players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Xabi Alonso, Casillas, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, Mr. Mourinho assembled a team that had all the qualities needed to succeed.
After a 5-0 loss to Barcelona, many thought that Madrid would fail like the years before.
By the end of the year though, Real went to the semifinals of the Champions League, won the Copa del Rey and finished strong in La Liga.
Next season will follow with more trophies and better results for five reasons.
This means that more players will arrive in areas that need improvement and with most players expected to stay, the depth of the squad will increase.
A new center forward and a central defender are probably on the list as well since Mourinho will want to make sure that all areas are covered with top-class players.
Ronaldo and di Maria formed a great partnership on the sides of the Madrid attack.
Fluid passing, switching positions and reading each other's movement by the end of the season showed that they can destroy any defence with their pace and trickery (Note: Di Maria's beautiful cross was met by the great header of Ronaldo for the goal against Barcelona that won Madrid the Copa del Rey).
Di Maria will need to improve his weaker foot and sometimes his decision-making, and Ronaldo will need to continue learning from Jose Mourinho about team play and defensive work. If those two improve they can become the worst nightmare of any defence.
Barcelona beat Real Madrid 5-0 on the way to winning La Liga and they are also favorites to win the Champions League against Manchester United on May 28. This gives the Madrid players and coaching staff great motivation to improve.
After playing five times in a season, the players understand why El Clasico is so important and next season they will be pumped to prove to everyone that Barcelona is not the better team by beating them.
This feeling towards Barcelona will also motivate the Madrid players to perform better in other games, since they will be poised to break all the records that Barcelona have set.
Something that was obvious in the first game against Barcelona was the lack of understanding and cohesiveness between the players, and this is the reason why Mourinho decided to use more physical tactics in the next games. Barcelona were simply better as a team and Madrid had to destroy Barca's game rather than playing their own.
Players will only learn to defend and attack as a team by playing and 2010-11 was the practice season. With a year of football together, the players will have a basic understanding of each other and would play more as a team. Next season is when Mourinho can actually think of winning serious trophies. This also means that Mourinho can play the football he wants against Barca, rather than breaking down Barca's play.
The "Special One," as he calls himself, is a coach from a different planet. His tactical, communication and training skills have made good players into great ones.
He is a born winner and will not give up until he beats this Barcelona team.
In 2011 he started pushing the selfish Ronaldo to play for the team like he did with Manchester United and pass the ball more, which ironically resulted in Ronaldo scoring more goals, due to the great team fluidity.
Mourinho will get the team organized and will use his great communication skills to motivate the players so that he can finally win La Liga, Champions League or both.
The 2011-12 season promises to be a better, more exciting one for Real Madrid and its fans.