Losing too much games isn’t good if you are going to defend a title especially when other teams are stepping up their play in a higher level. And it’s the reason why Real Madrid is only third in La Liga standings this season. Although it is still too early to tell if the defending champions will not be able to fight their way back in the title race and become a threat to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
The recent away loss of Los Blancos at Real Betis (Copa del Rey match) doesn’t seem to show that they are back in contention despite winning against city rival Atletico Madrid. With already three losses in La Liga and five draws, it is by far another worse start of the season by Real Madrid and they have to climb and very long ladder in order to catch up with Barca at top of the standings. Currently, they are eleven points adrift from the leaderboard and are five points down from second place Atletico Madrid after beating Los Indios at the Bernabeu last weekend.
That probably can be cut to two points next week if Los Blancos will win at Real Valladolid and Atletico Madrid lost to title contender Barca who still have to taste defeat this season. At the moment, Barcelona has won all their La Liga matches except for a single draw at the Bernabeu during the first El Clasico.