With the Spanish Supercup less than two weeks, the start of Real Madrid's domestic season is around the corner.
Entering his second year in charge of the club, manager and head of football operations José Mourinho will be looking to improve on last season's performance. The reigning Copa del Rey champions have their sights set on winning La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
As the club's Copa America participants recently returned to the squad, Madrid have entered their final stage of preparation for the 2011-12 campaign.
With five new signings and talented players returning from last season, there will be serious competition for places in Mourinho's starting XI.
This article is the first of series analyzing Madrid's position battles.
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