Dani Carvajal's second-half goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Real Betis on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti's men moved top of the early La Liga table.
Madrid now have seven points from their opening three games after a bright start to the season, while the reported potential signing of Kylian Mbappe could give them another boost before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday.
Italian Ancelotti, who returned to the club after the resignation of Zinedine Zidane, has seen some of his tougher decisions pay off so far, with Gareth Bale and Isco impressing after being brought back into the fold. Los Blancos will not play their first home match of the season until September 11 due to the ongoing renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu.
But they still lead the way in La Liga ahead of Sevilla and Valencia on goals scored.
We have had an odd pre-season, many players arrived late. I am quite satisfied but yes, we have to improve.
Betis remain winless after opening the season with two draws following a feisty encounter at the Benito Villamarin which saw the hosts have five players and veteran coach Manuel Pellegrini booked.