Dani Carvajal says Zinedine Zidane is ready for the new campaign in his second stint in charge as Real Madrid boss.
The Frenchman returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in March, less than 10 months after leaving Los Blancos following a successful spell that saw the LaLiga giants win the Champions League three times on the trot and also securing one league title.
Real haven't been at their best in pre-season [losing three of their five pre-season matches] despite recruiting the likes of Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Eden Hazard, but Carvajal, however, isn't worried by their current form as he believes Zidane will turn things around when the new season begins on August 17.
"You can see Zidane is very important, as he has been as a player and also during this first stage as manager," the right-back told Omnisport.
"Now, in this second stage, I hope he will be important again. I think he is more prepared than ever. Yes, it is true that he already has a few gallons of experience that he did not have before.
"I think he will do it very well. He has the respect, the trust of each and every one of us and I think that is the first step to go far."
Regarding Madrid's pre-season form, the Spaniard said: "[They] are matches to get shape, to get feelings. At the end of the day we have to be ready for that day, August 17th, against Celta, and try to get the three points.
"Now I think that the manager is testing many players, he is testing systems, and trying every possibility a bit.
"As I said, we need to get the maximum of guarantees of a victory on the 17th [of August]."