Real Madrid’s start to the 2012-13 season is statistically their worst since a similar beginning to the 2008-09 campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s side currently sit third in La Liga on 33 points, with the first 16 rounds of action yielding three draws and three defeats.
With 15 points dropped, it is the worst start to a season for the club since 2008’s return of 29 points from the first 16 games.
Since that season, which saw them fifth at that stage and second at the end of the campaign, nine points behind Barcelona, Madrid have collected 38, 41 and 40 points in the first 16 rounds of subsequent La Liga terms.
With the weekend’s draw at home to Espanyol, the team have already dropped more points than they did in the whole of last season’s record-breaking, League-winning campaign.
Where they achieved 100 points in 2011-12, the most Madrid can tally this year, if they win every remaining game, is 99 points.