Monday, October 25, 2010

Best start to La Liga in 19 years


Mourinho's Real Madrid has scored 22 goals in eight games and is still undefeated
Edu Bueno / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Mourinho's influence on the team goes beyond good performances and excellent results. His Real Madrid has had the best start to La Liga in 19 years thanks to taking 20 points in eight games (6 victories, 2 draws), a first in the Club's history since three points are awarded per victory in the championship. The team also remains undefeated at this stage, which hasn't happened since the 1997/98 campaign.

Mourinho's side has managed to score 16 goals in its last three league games (6-1, 1-4, 6-1) and 22 overall in the competition. At the Bernabeu, the Whites have scored 16 strikes and conceded only 2 so far. Overall, the team has only conceded 4 goals in the league this season, all in the second halves of games.

Since 5 August, Real Madrid haven't lost a single game, including three Champions League matches against Ajax, Auxerre and AC Milan.

Best start to the season since 3 points are awarded per victory
2010/2011 8 20 6-2-0
2003/2004 8 19 6-1-1
2007/2008 8 19 6-1-1

On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo stands out above his team-mates thanks to his impressive numbers. His four goals against Racing Santander marked the first time he's achieved such a feat as a professional and increased his goal count to 9 in La Liga and to 13 overall this season. Ronaldo has already scored 44 goals in 46 games for the Whites.

That's what I'm talking about!! A flawless start and a promising future... but I have to take Mourinho's side and say that we shouldn't get super elated. We have yet to play major ~~contenders~~ (Barcelona, Valencia, Villareal, Sevilla, etc aka those in the top 10) and those will be our truest tests. Until then, I'll bask in the fact that our goal difference is +18 and we're at the top of the Liga. I feel something special happening in the near future :)

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