I would imagine that when a manager is appointed at Real Madrid, rather than being told "Go out and win the league and the Champions League", they are simply told "Go out and be better than Barcelona" because quite simply, if you are better than Barca, you are the best team in the world. And if you are the best team in the world, you will win league titles and Champions Leagues galore.
Real are in an unfortunate position at the moment. They are the second-best team in the world, at least in my view. For most teams that would be enough. If you told the owners, fans and manager of the vast majority of clubs that their club was the second-best team in the footballing world, they would likely be delighted by such news. But not Real.
Real must be No. 1. Real are the most-decorated club in world football. Real are the most famous club in world football. Real are the biggest club in world football. But that's not enough. In the mind of everyone connected to Real Madrid, they must be the best team in world football.
They have one of the greatest managers in the world, they have some of the greatest players in the world and they play some of the best football in the world. Unfortunately for them, their great rivals Barcelona play better football, have better players and their manager, Pep Guardiola, is arguably better than Real's man in charge, Jose Mourinho.
Don't tell Jose I said this, but The Special One may not be special enough right now. His team are not a huge distance behind Barcelona, but the gulf could widen as Barca have strengthened their ranks considerably by adding Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez and former La Mesia product Cesc Fabregas to their ranks.
Real themselves have made two notable signings this summer. The first was Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund, although at the moment it's difficult to see where he might start in a team that already has Xabi Alonso firmly entrenched in Sahin's favoured role.
They also spent big on Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao who will compete with Marcelo for a starting role. As good as the former Benfica star is, left-backs do not win titles by themselves.
Real's squad was a great one last season, and with no major departures as well as their new recruits, it will be a great one this season. With that being said, I do see some positions within Real's starting 11 that I feel they could possibly upgrade.
Without question, Real will challenge on all fronts this season as Mourinho looks to add further titles to his glittering résumé. That résumé already includes two European Cups, a plethora of league titles won in three different countries prior to his arrival at Real last summer and a host of domestic cups including the Copa Del Rey he led his side to last spring.
It's an honour roll to be proud of, and Mourinho is a fiercely proud man. He will take personal exception to the fact that Guardiola has matched his personal haul of Champions League titles despite having been in management for a considerably shorter time and is rated by many as the best manager in Europe at present.
He will know Real need to do something if that are to compete with Barcelona and have a realistic shot at returning the La Liga trophy to what they believe is it's rightful home—the trophy room at Real's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
In this article, I will suggest four possible signings that Real should make, in my opinion, if they are to wrestle the title back from Barca and also have a chance to become the first team into double figures in terms of European Cup triumphs.
Obviously, the will not make them all, but I think they need at least two of them, either in the remaining days of this transfer window or in January, if they are to catch Barca.
I hope you enjoy.