Real Madrid assistant coach
Real will come up against a Barcelona side desperate to regain the Primera Division title after Los Merengues last season ended Barca's recent dominance.
The Champions League also promises to be keenly contested as coach
His second-in-command Karanka told reporters in
"We're going to need all the players' talent and commitment if we are to succeed."
Real could not have asked for a better build-up to the current campaign, scoring 14 goals and conceding just once in its four-match tour of America.
"The players have finished the pre-season well and have all shown signs of being able to push themselves to the limit. The team has also performed well as a group, even in attack," Karanka added.
"Each game has been fiercely competitive and with the quality of the players in the team things are turning out really well.
"We have to keep up the high work ethic and maintain a positive attitude towards earning a place in the line-up."
Real Madrid ambassador