I've written elsewhere that, in essence, I would find it fool-hardy and dangerous to suggest that they could be a better team without Ronaldo; I think that's just criminally underselling Ronaldo's contribution and his mentality that he brought to the squad. But, there will be bigger roles for some of their key players to step into. How they'll do in those roles will determine their ultimate outcome(s) this season. This Real Madrid season, coming in, feels so similar to how Barcelona felt coming into last season, to me. And all Barca did last year was win a domestic double without breaking a sweat. I don't think for one second Real Madrid has the same likelihood to do that, but I do expect them to win one trophy from the Copa/Liga/UCL competitions. -- Atleti ties it as I write this. Good timing.