For the moment, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have 28 points from a possible 30, having dropped just two points in the draw at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against Osasuna.
The Los Blancos are aiming to get as many points as possible before the WC in Qatar
Real Madrid continue to pick up points in LaLiga in anticipation of what might happen after the World Cup in Qatar, where the physical effects on the international players are an unknown variable. For the moment, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have 28 points from a possible 30, having dropped just two points in the draw at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against Osasuna. Los Blancos have won their other nine matches, including the head-to-heads against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, their two biggest rivals in the fight for LaLiga. The Catalans, following their Matchday 10 win against Villarreal, are three points behind Real Madrid, who are eight ahead of Los Rojiblancos. Ancelotti and Antonio Pintus, who is in charge of physical preparation at the club, are aiming to get as many points as possible before the World Cup in Qatar, which will interrupt national competitions between November 10 and December 30.
Real need just one point from the six at stake to secure the top spot in the UCL group
Before that break lasting more than a month and a half, Real Madrid face four LaLiga matches: Saturday 22nd, at home to Sevilla; Sunday 30th, again at home to Girona; November 7, against Rayo at Vallecas; and on the 10th of the same month, they host Cadiz. In total, four LaLiga matches, three at home and only one away, but without leaving Madrid, which are added to the two Champions League group stage games still to be played, away to RB Leipzig (October 25) and at the Bernabeu against Celtic (November 2). Real Madrid need just one point from the six at stake to secure the top spot in the group. Real Madrid are not alone in their challenge to reach the World Cup in Qatar undefeated.
In Europe, there are more teams that can achieve the same goal. Napoli, the surprise leaders of Serie A, who have yet to lose, and Atalanta, second in Italy, stand out. The same situation exists in Ligue 1 with the all-powerful PSG, undefeated leaders of the French championship. There are more unbeaten teams in the big European leagues, such as Benfica in Portugal, Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, and Panathinaikos in Greece. By contrast, powerhouses like Manchester City and Bayern Munich, second in the Premier League and Bundesliga, respectively, have already tasted defeat in their domestic competitions.