Statistics against Real Madrid

If Real Madrid are to retain the La Liga crown this season from an eight-point deficit, then they must break with historical records.

Los Blancos have, according to AS, never come back from such a points gap to win the Spanish League title.

During the 2002-03 season, the side briefly fell eight points behind the top of the League before going on to lift the trophy, but that deficit was still with a game in hand.

Otherwise, the capital club’s seven-point gap made up during that season remains the biggest that they achieved in going on to become champions.

In League history, the largest deficit ever made up by a team that went on to win the title was 14 points cut short by Barcelona in 1998-99. That was after 14 rounds of action.

Real Madrid find themselves eight points behind League leaders Barcelona in 2012-13 after Week 4’s 1-0 reverse to Sevilla. That defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan also saw Coach Jose Mourinho suffer three consecutive defeats on the road for the first time in his career.

If Barcelona were to maintain their position from now to the end of the season, then they will become only the second side in a 20-club Spanish League to hold first in the table from the start to finish, after Real Madrid in 1987-88.

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