Zinedine Zidane said this year will be even "more difficult" as Real Madrid begin their defence of the La Liga title on Sunday evening at Deportivo La Coruna.
Zidane's side are heavy favourites to retain the Spanish championship for the first time in a decade، especially after this week's 5-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over a Barcelona side still reeling from Neymar's exit to Paris Saint-Germain.
Atletico Madrid، who are moving into a new stadium at the Wanda Metropolitano، have a strong squad but finished 15 points off the pace last season، while no other team has the squad depth or financial resources to realistically challenge the top three over 38 games.
After starting his news conference ahead of their opening game by offering a message of condolence to the families of all those affected by this week's terrorist attack in Barcelona، Zidane recalled winning last year's title in the final game and said he expected things to be even tougher this time around. - ESPN FC