You just know the La Liga title race is a foregone conclusion when the Spanish press start talking about records.
With Madrid now ten points clear of second-placed Barcelona, much of the focus in the Spanish-based media has not been on whether or not Los Blancos will win the title this season, but whether they can do it in record-breaking style.
Their form says they can. Barca's 99 points in 2010 was the best-ever points return from La Liga and, if Madrid continue hauling points in as they have been doing over the last few months, there's no reason that can't be broken.
Of course, it can be a dangerous thing to say the season is all done and dusted - especially when you have a rival such of the quality of Barca on your tail, albeit a distance behind. Mourinho agreed this week, saying: "Our cushion over the runners-up is obviously good for us and it leaves Barcelona in a complicated spot, but they are a great side that could easily have a winning streak, so we must continue to work as hard as we've done so far."
But it'd take a brave, brave man to bet against Mourinho's men now. The La Liga season is beyond its halfway point and Madrid have only dropped eight points all season. There's every chance they'll slip up between now and the end of the season, with the trip to the Camp Nou a daunting one, but Madrid have to slip up in four of their remaining sixteen games. Not only that, but Barca have to win every game, and with their away form as it is - that's very unlikely.
So to focus on records, taking everything into consideration, isn't exactly out of the ordinary in Spain - they love their stats and records. Mourinho too, I'm sure, will have those records firmly planted into the back of his men, whether or not he makes that public. He's the 'Special One', after all, so why not win La Liga in special style?
Let's do the math. Madrid currently (before the home game against Racing Santander) need 42 points from 16 remaining league matches, that's 42 points from a possible 48 on the table. Two defeats. It sounds a tough ask, but this is Real Madrid we're talking about here, a side who've won 17 of their 18 matches since September - that defeat, of course, coming against Barca at the Bernabeu. To maintain that form between now and the end of the season would be enough. Madrid's biggest challenges will come at home against third-placed Valencia, away at Barca and at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico in El Derbi.
The 'business end' of the season is always the toughest time to keep impressive runs going, however. Madrid's target of winning the Champions League will come into play. Players will no doubt be rested from league matches in preparation, and recovery from, European matches. The momentum could be hit, but Madrid has a squad strong enough to deal with that, something its proved already this season. The exit from Copa del Rey will mean there's no such distraction when the final of that competition comes around.
The goals scored record could also be set to tumble at the Bernabeu this season. Madrid's highest Primera Division total is 107 goals scored in 1990. Again, Los Blancos are on course to beat this total too - should they continue their form in front of goal until the final day of the season. The form of Cristiano Ronaldo should help. His sixth hat-trick of the season in the 4-2 win over Levante saw him become the second-highest hat-trick scorer for the club behind Alfredo di Stefano. His thirteen treble since his arrival in the Spanish capital saw him move into second outright, above third-placed Ferenc Puskas. For the record, his hat-tricks this season have come against Zaragoza, Rayo Vallecano, Malaga, Osasuna, Sevilla and Levante.
All this talk of records could come back to bite Madrid in the bum, of course, and no sooner than Saturday night when Racing Santander visit the Bernabeu. Los Blancos should win, and should win comfortably, however. They'll be boosted with the return to the squad of Marcelo and more so Angel di Maria, who was superb before his injury. The Argentine is set to play some part this weekend, although he could start on the bench.
If the three points do get secured, as they should be, I'm sure we'll start to hear about all these records more and more as the weeks move on and the end of the season draws closer. Madrid could be applauded out on to the Camp Nou pitch by defending champions Barca if they secure the La Liga title before the sides meet on April 21 - how things will have changed.
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