Yesterday, at Cardiff City Stadium, Wales, Spanish Football's new-look Real Madrid, the Champions League trophy holders, easily defeated Sevilla, the Europa League title holders, 2-0, in the UEFA Super Cup, played by the winners of the top European club trophies.
The dominant Madrid display featured a nearly recovered Cristiano Ronaldo supported by hometown favorite Gareth Bale, World Cup winner, Toni Kroos, and new signing and Colombian World Cup sensation, James Rodriguez.
With the exception of the last few minutes of second half stoppage time the Sevilla side were unable to provide any sustained attacking pressure on the goal defended by Iker Casillas, back in his club's starting line-up after a disastrous showing for Spain at Brazil earlier this summer.
The goals, both by Ronaldo, were a tap in off a Bale pass at the 30th minute and a great left footed blast from the left side of the box to the far right post capping off a pretty field-length play by the Merengues at the 49th.
The win was the first of six potential trophies the Madrid club will compete for this year and winning them all would make some additional history for the storied franchise. Given the quality of their start, albeit flowing at mid-season's top gear usually means the players were relying on little more than inertia and muscle memory, the early indications are the team is up to the task.
The question for the Madrid side this year will be how to meld the overabundant talent, a Galactico-like squad, into a working team. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has his work cut out for him but is in an enviable position any coach would love to struggle through.
Ancelotti said as much in his post-game conference comments: "I think we might be starting a very important cycle at the club. We have a squad of extraordinary quality - I am fortunate to be able to coach such an outstanding group of players. It will be my task to use the squad to its full capacity and to be competitive in all competitions we will need to figure out how to rotate these players."
For Ancelotti, who has earned his right to guide this team as he sees fit, the coming season will not be as pressure filled as the past one was but it will be a greater opportunity to make an impact on Real Madrid. He will also be building a higher platform for his own reputation as he will be moving into territory only the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and perhaps Louis van Gaal, but few others, have ever visited. As for Ronaldo, who must look forward to the European season as a slave for his injury plagued World Cup, the fresh start could not have tasted sweeter.
This will be a season for all to enjoy watching football's top league pitch this team against the likes of the Messi-Neymar-Suarez Barcelona at home, and the Pep-led Bayern, Mou-led Chelsea, and van Gaal-led ManU on the continental stage.