5 records that show it will be a mistake to write off Real Madrid
With a 3-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu in El Clasico, Real Madrid is now a massive 14 points behind league leaders; FC Barcelona. The defending Champions are now clearly out of the La Liga title race.
The world champions have not been very successful in Europe either, losing to Tottenham Hotspur and finishing second in their group. With a 'Round of 16' tie against favorites PSG, Los Merengues don't seem likely to defend their Champions League title either.
The famous BBC has practically been non-existent this season, with Gareth Bale suffering an injury and Benzema being completely out of form. Star man. Cristiano has been breathtaking in Europe but has managed to find the back of the net on only 4 occasions in La Liga.
With manager Zinedine Zidane stating that the club would not sign a striker this January, many believe that the season is over for the Whites, and they may just be correct.
The Spanish giants managed to win the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, but the way things are going, it may be the last trophy they win this season.
In Zidane's post-match conference after EL Clasico, the gaffer was clear in his belief 'Real Madrid will not give up', and trust me, they won't.
If it were any other club, it would be an easy bet, but this is Real Madrid we are talking about. This is the team that stole the Champions League away from their cross-town rivals, in the 93rd minute of the game.
This is a team that has suffered for 12 years without European glory and then gone on to win the continent's most elite trophy thrice in 4 years. If there's any team in world football that cannot be written off, it is Real Madrid, and here are five records to prove that.
#5 Record Goal Scoring streak (73)
Real Madrid has struggled for consistency this season, losing to Real Betis in a 1-0 defeat, playing out a goalless draw against Athletic Bilbao and losing to newly promoted Girona.
The record, however, rubbishes any criticism when it comes to consistency. Los Blancos managed to score a goal in every single game in all competitions for the entire 2016-17 season.
The goal scoring streak began in the semi-final of the 2015-16 Champions League semi-final and went on to last for 73 games on the trot. The streak included 2 El Clasicos, 2 Champions League finals, 2 European Super Cup finals and a Club World Cup final.
The mind-blowing record came to an end with a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis in La Liga this season, and nothing seems to have been the same since then. The match that was supposed to be a complete whitewash, saw Real struggle in front of goal throughout the 90. To add insult to injury, Zidane's men were caught on the counter late into stoppage time and found themselves at the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.
The record is shared with Pele's Santos and involves 54 wins, 14 draws, and 5 losses. Los Merengues netted a total of 201 goals in these 73 matches, demolishing any opposition in their path.
This feat is a clear indication of what Real Madrid can do once they gain some momentum and how lethal they can be against any opposition. Zidane's men may be out of the La Liga title race, but that just means they are going to fight even harder for the 2 other trophies up for grabs.