Real Madrid are preparing to face their first fixture test of the season as the Champions League resumes following the international break.
A UEFA Super Cup final, two legs of the Supercopa de Espana and the start of the La Liga season has seen Zinedine Zidane use the majority of his available players, winning both finals before a win and a draw in the first two league games.
September looks to be another busy month as Los Blancos prepare for their first fixture pile up of the season, playing a total of seven match up until October 1st.
Saturday sees the La Liga and European champions face off against Levante and it is expected that Zidane will allow a number of international players the chance to recover and miss that particular fixture.
Four days later and Madrid face off against Cypriot side APOEL in the first of their Champions League group games.
Three more La Liga games in September see them face Real Sociedad away from home, Alaves away and Quique Setien’s Real Betis at home; before meeting Dortmund in Germany.
Recent history suggests that Madrid struggle in September, looking back at last year when they drew three games in a row but Zidane will be hoping to avoid that after being held 2-2 by Valencia before the international break.
Last season’s meeting with Dortmund in the same month saw a 2-2 draw, whilst they beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 in their first group game of last season’s successful campaign.