Real Madrid faced their first test at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Julen Lopetegui has tried to strengthen the side offensively following their top scorer’s move to Juventus and against AC Milan, and they returned to form with the trident that will likely play against Atletico Madrid.
Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio were handed the reins as they have been throughout pre-season and they responded.
On Saturday, both Benzema and Bale scored and demonstrated a great understanding in attack with each other, while Asensio displayed his talent, brilliance and speed throughout.
Those two goals from BBA mean that of the nine that Madrid have scored in their four pre-season games, all but one have came from their attacking trio.
Bale has three and an assist, while Asensio also has three goals to go with the two from Benzema.
The plan B also did well and it seems that Borja Mayoral will be given opportunities next season.
The good news is that he found the net during his short time on the field.
There is no doubt that after what we have witnessed in pre-season, Los Blancos have still retained a real attacking punch and all of their forwards look sharp.
But the question remains what happens without them or what should happen if one of them, particularly the Welshman given his recent track record, should succumb to an injury?
One option is summer arrival Vinicius Jnr but Lopetegui seems to view him as a project rather than someone who can come in and make an instant impact.
Against Milan, Benzema scored a true No. 9’s goal and did what is asked of him, especially those who insist he can’t score.
Bale made it 2-1 following some good link up with Asensio and there appears to be real harmony in the final third.
Asensio can also play a false nine role, as can Bale, and Benzema is capable of drifting out onto the right to cause problems, leaving space for the others.
The trio are also assisted by the invaluable help of Isco, who without Ronaldo will have to contribute even more goals.
When implementing a high press, he also steps up to play his part and has a good understanding of space with Asensio.
Madrid have looked into the attacking market but are aware that they do not want to overspend massively to bring someone in.
Until the window closes, anything is possible but for the moment, they haven’t made their move.
The Super Cup against Atletico will be the first real test.