Real Madrid are looking to the future with a more optimistic viewpoint once again.
In little over two weeks, Los Blancos have returned to form after a start to the year which saw them draw with Villarreal and lose to Real Sociedad.
It threatened to cause another crisis similar to the one that ended Julen Lopetegui‘s time at the club.
However, the dressing room now look at what lies ahead with a smile that had been lost for a little while.
The sensations have changed hand-in-hand with how they performed against Sevilla and Girona but a great part of their mental improvement was born at Real Betis.
They left the Benito Villamarin with three points that they put a great deal of effort to earn in a game which saw them struggle but that adversity only reinforced the group.
Stricken by injuries, with a key man like Marcelo out of shape and confidence after the defeat to La Real, Dani Ceballos‘ goal changed the energy of the team and revitalised them.
It is true that defeat did then come against Leganes, with a display unlike they one they had previously shown before they recovered against Sevilla.
That was a game that crept up on Los Blancos with more than a degree of trepidation and anxiety.
It was a major test against a team who were ahead of them in the standings and who had handed them a nasty 3-0 defeat in the first round of the season which signalled the beginning of the end for Lopetegui amid the spell of eight hours and one minute without managing to score.
Against Pablo Machin‘s men, Real Madrid recovered, above all else, the sensations that make them special.
The players returned to being masters of the game, a scenario which has been unusual this season.
The feeling of control in the game was absolute, particularly in the second half.
So much so that Sevilla, a team who shortly afterwards put Barcelona against the ropes in the Copa del Rey, created only one real goal chance.
Those good vibes from LaLiga Santander were then translated to the cup by Los Blancos.
Girona struck first in the sixth minute but it was a goal which served to wake Madrid up and get them going.
For only the second time this season, the first was also against Girona in their second league game, Madrid came back to win a game that they had been losing.
All of that has made the players believe that this awakening is real and is coming at the right time for them to fight for everything.
The philosophy, as Luka Modric and Casemiro explained after the win over Sevilla, is nothing else other than looking to the next game.
But the look of the side is different.