After Saturday's visit of improving Sevilla, Jose Mourinho's men have a three-week spell when they face Manchester United twice in the last 16 of the Champions League, Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals, plus a league clash with the Catalan side.
They also face a Madrid derby against Rayo Vallecano in that time and a trip to Deportivo La Coruna - a fixture they have only won once in 20 years.
It is a crucial period for the Spanish giants and at the end of it things should look a lot clearer about what Mourinho's men can hope to achieve this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has not given up on any trophy yet though, telling the official UEFA Champions League magazine: "We haven't been doing so well in the league, but I think the team has been doing better recently.
"We are still competing in the Champions League and in the Spanish Cup. We are a bit far behind the top teams in the league, but we still have a chance, maybe a bit less in the league, but in the two other competitions, and we'll keep on fighting to win."