Atletico Madrid’s victory over Cadiz has given Los Rojiblancos a 10-point advantage over Barcelona and Real Madrid, a gap that has never been reversed at this point in the season in LaLiga Santander.
However, in these very special circumstances and with many games yet to be played, is the comeback possible?
Atletico’s 50 points with only 19 games played is a fantastic haul, which even betters Jose Mourinho’s ‘season of records’ with Real Madrid.
They are only behind Tito Vilanova’s historic season with Barcelona, as the Blaugrana boasted 55 points at this point in the season.
Interestingly Diego Simeone’s men achieved the same number of points when they won the league title back in the 2013/14 campaign.
It would take a colossal collapse by Atletico to surrender this 10-point lead; either that or for their two main rivals to wake up and start winning on a consistent basis.
Is the comeback possible?
Whether or not Real Madrid or Barcelona will be able to bridge the gap remains to be seen, however looking at statistics from the past decade, the two Spanish giants will undoubtedly make it difficult for Los Colchoneros.
In the 2016/17 season, Barcelona were four points behind Real Madrid at the same point but achieved 51 points out of the 18 games that remained.
If we added that to Barcelona’s tally, it would equal 91, which would mean Atletico would still need to perform impressively in the second half of the season.
In addition, Real Madrid have an average of 42 points from this point to the end of the season, which would also pile pressure on their neighbours. Continue reading
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