The season is gradually taking its shape with various teams prepared to start from the go and some starting slowly, most teams have started to identify their strength and weakness after just a few games.

Real Madrid is the only team to maintain a 100% record to the start of the current campaign and that is the best start among all top European sides having won all their four games in a roll, starting with the UEFA Super Cup win over the Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

Real Madrid want to repeat the feat of 2008 which is to defend the La Liga title this season, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are on course and they have shown a good team spirit in the victory against Almeria, Celta Vigo and Espanyol with all being away games.

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No Champions League team in Europe maintain such a record after four games as at this point of the season, in the domestic scene Real Madrid main two points ahead of their main rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who have dropped points against Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal respectively.

Real Madrid has experienced a slow start in the season they are meant to defend the title since 2008 they suffered defeat on Matchday 1 of 2008/09 to finish 19 points behind Barcelona.

They then took four points out of a possible 12 in 2012/13 to ultimately finish 15 points behind Barcelona.

In 2017/18, two draws at home on Matchday 2 and Matchday 3 (Valencia and Levante) saw LaLiga missed and they finished third, 17 points behind Barcelona.

In 2020/21 Real Madrid drew against Real Sociedad, they did fight until the end, finishing just two points behind Atletico Madrid, but the ones they dropped in Anoeta on the first matchday (0-0) made a difference.

In the Premier League Manchester City and Liverpool have already dropped points while in Bundesliga and Ligue 1 Bayern Munich and PSG were held to draws this weekend against Borussia Monchengladbach and AS Monaco.

In Serie A all champions League teams in Italy have all dropped points on or before their fourth game of the current campaign.

Arsenal and Real Betis maintained 100% record to the start of the league but both are not in the Champions League, Real Madrid has a date with Real Betis this weekend at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday in a bid to vie for the sole leader of the La Liga table.


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