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SPANISH LEAGUE 2017-18: 5 teams to watch out for this season

Zinedine Zidane has succeeded where former coaches Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Manuel Pellegrini, Juande Ramos and Rafa Benitez all failed.

The challenge now is to maintain the drive that his team showed through all 38 rounds of the Spanish League last season, en route to conquering its first Liga title in five years.

Madrid's starting 11 — led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos — returns intact, and its supporting cast has become younger after the exits of Pepe, James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata, Danilo and Fabio Coentrao.

So it will fall to new coach Ernesto Valverde to rally a team that is still led by Lionel Messi and top players Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique.

The defense will remain solid with Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran Torres, as will the midfield led by Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Gabi Fernandez and Yannick Carrasco.

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