17 matches, 17 wins, 64 goals scored, just 9 conceded, and 9 clean sheets = Real Madrid’s record-breaking 17-match winning streak with Carlo Ancelotti. The longest winning run in the club’s history and second longest by any Spanish club in history (second only to Barcelona’s 18 wins). Real Madrid have rampaged to a 10-match winning streak in La Liga that propelled them to the top of La Liga rankings in addition to a 5-match winning streak in this season’s UCL that secured the top spot in their group. Finally, they also won their 2 matches in the Copa del Rey this season to set up a potential 2nd Round meeting with neighbours Atletico Madrid, but with their unbelievable form, will Atletico pose a threat? Will any team be able to pose a threat to Real Madrid? That’s the question on everybody’s mind, particularly Real Madrid’s opponents.
Real Madrid have faced some fearsome opponents in their 17-match winning streak like: Barcelona, Liverpool (twice), Malaga, Basel (away), Athletic Bilbao, and Villarreal (away). Which begs the question: if these teams couldn’t do the job (of beating Real madrid) then who can? Will the answer might arrive in the coming months as Real Madrid face a tumultuous few months in the beginning of 2015.
The months of January and February will see Real Madrid face Valencia (away), Sevilla, Atletico (away) in La Liga and the very likely meeting with Atletico Madrid in the 2nd Round of the Copa del Rey followed by Barcelona (if both teams make it to the quarter-finals) also in January. So you see that January will be loaded with challenging games for Real Madrid followed by the Madrid Derby in La Liga in February and the possible semi finals of the Copa del Rey. A tough couple of months to say the least.
If Real Madrid somehow, someway make it unscathed in those months, they will move on to the months of March and April where Champions League will be returning and the possible La Liga decider in the form of El Clasico at the Camp Nou will be upon Real Madrid. Of course its ridiculous to assume that Real Madrid will win every single match between now and the months of March/April, but what I mean by making it to March/April unscathed is the fact that Real Madrid won’t suffer a ‘crises’ as the newspapers love to call it.
There won’t be any major hiccups in the form of back-to-back losses or several matches without a win or even dropping the La Liga leadership or being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and/or Champions League. If Real Madrid can make it through these extremely difficult and loaded months without these ‘hiccups’, then I truly believe we might be seeing a Real Madrid side that will bring the famed treble for the very first time in the club’s history.