Real Madrid have the chance to move 13 points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday evening when they play host to relegation threatened Racing Santander.
Jose Mourinho’s men really have upped their game in La Liga this season, emerging as the dominant force in Spain after their fierce rivals Barcelona have been the team to beat in recent seasons.
The statistics for Real Madrid’s season tell their own story. They have won 19 of their 22 league games, scored an incredible 75 goals and conceded just 21. Perhaps most importantly of all though, they are 10 points clear at the top of the table.
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This means they are overwhelming favourites to secure the La Liga title this season and they are certainly performing like Champions at the moment with seven successive victories in the league.
One of the main reasons for their success – as well as a fantastic team spirit that Mourinho has masterminded – has of course been Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Manchester United man has scored 27 goals this season and will be looking to add to this total against Racing Santander.
As for the visitors this weekend, well they are in a tense battle for survival at the moment. They sit 18th in La Liga going into this fixture at Madrid, two points adrift of safety.
Their form has been solid enough recently – they have only lost one of their last seven games – although four of these have been draws and they need to maintain this, at the very least, if they are to be playing Madrid again next season.
Racing will be boosted by the fact that they held Madrid to a 0-0 draw earlier this season though. In a rare slip up for Mourinho’s men – who couldn’t find the net despite 73% of the possession – Racing held firm to secure a valuable point.
They will have their work cut out to achieve a similar feat this weekend though against a Madrid side that averages at least four goals at home in La Liga this season.