Real Madrid have dropped yet another three points in La Liga, and this time it was to relegation candidates, Granada.
That 1-0 loss has now put them behind league leaders, Barcelona, by 16 points and behind the runners-up, Atletico Madrid, by 7 points. The league is all but decided, which is something the manager and the players of Real Madrid have accepted.
The Points Real Madrid Dropped:
Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia (Week 1)
Getafe 2-1 Real Madrid (Week 2)
Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid (Week 3)
Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid (Week 7)
Real Betis 1-0 Real Madrid (Week 13)
Real Madrid 2-2 Espanyol (Week 16)
Malaga 3-2 Real Madrid (Week 17)
Osasuna 0-0 Real Madrid (Week 19)
Granada 1-0 Real Madrid (Week 22)
With 22 weeks already done in La Liga, it is pretty much impossible for Real Madrid to catch Barcelona, so they will need to try fighting for second place during the rest of the season. With their form in La Liga, many people are worried about their chances in the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey. But should we be comparing the league to the other competitions?
If there is one thing that Los Merengues have proven this season, it is that they are able to perform on the big stage. They are very alive in the Champions League so far this season, with a very interesting fixture against Manchester United coming up next week.
Real Madrid’s Champions League Campaign:
Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City
Ajax Amsterdam 1-4 Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 4-1 Ajax Amsterdam
Real Madrid – Manchester United (Feb. 13)
Manchester United – Real Madrid (Mar. 5)
The games coming up against Premier League leaders, Manchester United, will be a huge test for the Spanish team but it’s nothing close to impossible. Real Madrid have already visited Manchester this season when playing Manchester City in the Group Stages of the competition and they have not disappointed. They will need to fight really hard but it is something the team can do, especially with Jose Mourinho at the helm.
As for the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid are going very strong. They see themselves in the semi-finals now against rivals, Barcelona, with a good chance of making it to the finals against either Atletico Madrid or Sevilla.
Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey Campaign:
Alcoyano 1-4 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-0 Alcoyano
Celta de Vigo 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 4-0 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia
Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona
Barcelona – Real Madrid (Feb. 27)
With many people worried about the first leg against Barcelona, Real Madrid didn’t dissappoint. They played their hearts out and were able to come out with a positive score thanks to an unbelievable game from Raphael Varane. The reason that the 1-1 draw is considered a positive score is because Real Madrid were missing a lot of key players in Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, and Angel Di Maria. For the second leg of the competition, the only player who will be missing is Casillas.
So, when looking at all of the statistics, it shows that Real Madrid’s form in La Liga should not really be compared to the Champions League or the Copa del Rey, two competitions that they will need to win since the La Liga has pretty much become a dream for them. They will need to fight extremely hard and show their true potential in the big games coming up if they are to have a chance of some silverware at the end of this season.