The last time Real Madrid won the Champions League (2001/2002) they also began La Liga with only 4 points from 4 games. That’s probably the only stat that causes optimism for Madridistas this season.
However, it’s more than wishful thinking.
The fact of the matter is that La Liga is pretty much over. Barcelona will not lose an 8 point lead easily – it’s too important for new coach Tito Vilanova to win the league in his first season as Pep Guardiola’s successor. On the other hand, Real Madrid could now easily “sacrifice” league points to qualify from the hardest group in the Champions League and focus mainly on getting their 10th Champions of Europe trophy.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has questioned his side’s commitment after yesterday’s loss. ”There are very few heads who are committed and concentrated” he said. ”When you don’t have people who are committed, it’s tough”. It was evident that Real Madrid were not half as committed to win at Seville as they were against Barcelona in the Super Cup.
And it’s easy to understand really. After winning it last season, it seems that the league is now boring and it’s not as if their Champions League place is in doubt. However, Real Madrid will be very committed to become the best in Europe. It’s the trophy everybody at the club really wants. And it says more on La Liga than anything else.
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