Real Madrid have two weeks before their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, and their tally of 11 goals in the last two LaLiga matches could well spark them into life.
From a wider perspective it’s clear they still have some way to go, their recent Copa del Rey exit to Leganes illustrating as much, however, with key players returning to action there is hope within Valdebebas.
The wins against Valencia and Deportivo la Coruna have created some optimism and they have shown some evidence that the Los Blancos of the 2016/17 season is still there.
With just 17 days to go until their first leg clash with the Parisian giants, there is a full scale operation underway within the Spanish club to protect a team ahead of what is their biggest match of the campaign.
Winning LaLiga is impossible, the Champions League is the club’s only route to success left this season, and it’s unthinkable that the team won’t arrive into their first knockout round tie in the best of spirits.
There is a process to try and introduce tranquillity to a group that has come under intense scrutiny this term, and Florentino Perez knows that the current squad has given everything to the club and that they are working hard to try and save their season.
Sergio Ramos is aware of the message of calm that is set to permeate the club in the coming days, and he will encourage it in his role as captain.
PSG have become the enemy for Los Blancos and there is great motivation within the group to show themselves as superior to the Unai Emery’s expensively assembled side.
Zidane played his strongest team at the Estadio Mestalla on Saturday and intends to utilise this core for the remainder of the campaign.The forward trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema started together for the first time this season and they will be integral in the Champions League.
Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Isco will be utilised as rotation options by the former Juventus midfielder, however, few others will get another chance this season, the stakes are too high.
After a slow start to the campaign, the time has come for BBC, Marcelo and Luka Modric to show their experience and look to guide Real Madrid to another Champions League final.