The month of August was demanding for Real Madrid as they contested the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana before the LaLiga season had even gotten underway, but September is set to be just as busy for Zinedine Zidane and his players.
Los Blancos have a total of seven matches scheduled up to October 1, between LaLiga and the Champions League.
It all begins next Saturday, at 13:00 CET, when Levante visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the league and Zidane could make some rotations, given that many of his players will return from international duty late in the week.
Then, four days later, Real Madrid kick off their Champions League campaign against APOEL, aiming for a third consecutive title.
They’ll travel to Dortmund for the second matchday of the European competition, with that match taking place on September 26, but there will be another three LaLiga games squeezed in between, namely a trip to Real Sociedad, a home clash with Real Betis and a match away at Alaves.
A home match against Espanyol on the first day of October then follows, rounding off what will be an exhausting few weeks.
Recent history will cause some concern from Real Madrid supporters, as they’ve struggled in September in the past and did so last year when they drew three games in a row against Villarreal, Las Palmas and Eibar, before unconvincing performances in the Champions League as they beat Sporting CP 2-1 late on and drew 2-2 away at Borussia Dortmund.