The goal of Real Madrid on the first day of each season is to win all the competitions they play in, and despite already having the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup in the trophy cabinet in 2016/17, their obsession is always with the big titles.
Once the Copa del Rey escaped them in Vigo, Zinedine Zidane firmly trained his sights on the Champions League/LaLiga double; something they’ve not managed to win since the European Cup changed its name – and only achieved twice in the 1950’s.
It’s an anomaly and an error in the story that Real want to fix this season and they’re on the way, not forgetting that in this sport anything can happen and a week is more than enough time for light to become darkness.
The truth is that the team is in a great position to visit Cibeles twice, in May and June, and though data and numbers suggest it rather than passages of play, Zidane’s staff are at the gates of a historic opportunity.
In the league, it took only a few hours for the concern at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after the Madrid derby draw to turn to contained euphoria, once Barcelona had failed to beat Malaga.
It gave Los Blancos a three point advantage and another three waiting to be won at the Estadio Balaidos. If Real are able to win El Clasico on April 23, they will deliver a near-fatal blow to Barcelona’s chances of retaining the league title, but before focusing on that game they must contest the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
Real haven’t lost at this stage, or before, since the 2009/10 season and have won two of the last three editions of the tournament.
After the 2-1 victory in Munich, they are now the favourite to win the trophy again and to become the first champion to win it in two consecutive years.
The season now enters the decisive phase and Madrid are in pole position.