Jose Mourinho has claimed his Real Madrid side were the best team in Europe last season.
Real enjoyed a record-breaking La Liga campaign last term, clinching their 32nd league title and collecting an unprecedented 100 points.
But they were thwarted in their bid for European glory by Bayern Munich, eliminated by the eventual runners-up in the Champions League semi-finals.
Despite the hiccup in their European campaign, Mourinho felt his side were the strongest team on the continent.
“The important thing is to always have ambitions,” the Portuguese told reporters.
“We want to repeat a season like the last one. The feelings are always the same: what we want is to win the league, not the records.
“The team has reached a significant level, it was the best team in Europe last season. We won the league with a high quality style of play, and we made it to semi-finals (in the Champions League).
“We will try to keep the ambition, standard of play and team spirit.”
A number of Real squad players, such as Nuri Sahin, Ricardo Carvalho and Kaka, have been linked with close-season exits from the club, and the 49-year old took the time to comment on their respective situations.
“(Sahin) had a season-ending injury, it was complicated because the team was playing well and winning,” Mourinho said.
“For his happiness and Madrid’s, a loan is the best solution. Madrid does not want to sell.
“(Carvalho) was not born to be a back-up. He is too good and has too much self-esteem. He was injured and we started playing with Ramos and Pepe. It is better for him to find a career in a major club. It is a solution that is good for him and Madrid.”
Real open their La Liga defence at home to Valencia on Sunday.