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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Real Madrid have topped the table for more than two thirds of the league season


Jose Mourinho's side has been in first place 15 of 22 weeks of the championship (68.5 %), staying on top for the last 13 weeks
Edu Bueno / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell


Real Madrid's regularity is one of the secrets to their success in La Liga this season. The Whites have been topping the table 13 straight weeks and a total 15 out of the 22 already held in the championship, meaning they've been leaders for more than two thirds of the league season (68.5% to be exact).
It's hardest to stay at the top than to reach it, and Real Madrid are doing so in stellar fashion holding a 10-point cushion over runners-up Barcelona in La Liga. They score 3.5 goals per match and concede only 0.9. Last season, they topped the table six straight weeks, between Weeks 7 and 12; they were only leaders three times in the 2009/10 season, in Weeks 3, 5 and 11; and they never topped the table in the 2008/09 campaign. Jose Mourinho is making the team earn its best numbers in four seasons in the Spanish league.
CONSECUTIVE WEEKS WITH REAL MADRID IN FIRST PLACE
WEEKMATCH
11Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid
12Real Madrid 7-1 Osasuna
13Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid
14Real Madrid 4-1 Atl├ętico
15Sporting 0-3 Real Madrid
16Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona
17Sevilla 2-6 Real Madrid
18Real Madrid 5-1 Granada
19Mallorca 1-2 Real Madrid
20*Real Madrid 4-1 Athletic Club
21Real Madrid 3-1 Zaragoza
22Getafe 0-1 Real Madrid
23Real Madrid 4-2 Levante
*Corresponding to Week 1, postponed earlier in the season due to a players' strike

Barcelona were leaders this season in Weeks 7 and 8 (9%); Betis topped the table in Weeks 5 and 6; Levante in Weeks 9 and 10; and Valencia only in Week 4 (4.5 %).

LA LIGA SEASON LEADERS
TOTAL WEEKSTEAM%
15Real Madrid68.5
2Barcelona9
2Levante9
2Betis9
1Valencia4.5

The ten point-lead over Barcelona allows Reeal Madrid to continue topping the table three more weeks, but their great run anticipates it will be very hard for them to drop positions.

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