The weekend’s round of results means the situation at the top of La Liga stays as it was, with Real Madrid three points clear of Atletico de Madrid, and four ahead of Barcelona.
The Catalan’s 7-0 defeat of Osasuna yesterday sets up an intriguing Clasico next weekend with the champions in rampant form, and Los Blancos undefeated in the league since their reverse at the Nou Camp back in October. There will be more build up to that match as the week progresses.
But for now the focus shifts to the Champions League on Tuesday night. Carlo Ancelotti’s men face Schalke in what is essentially a dead rubber having seen off the Bundesliga outfit 6-1 in the first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not see the game as one to take easily, as the Portuguese seems to always have some sort of record in his sights. And AS goes for a picture of him on the front cover, focusing on his next target – beating the goalscoring record of Ferenc Puskas. The legendary Los Blancos striker scored 242 goals in 261 games for the Santiago Bernabeu side at a rate of 0.93 a game.
Ronaldo is just two behind, on 240 in 235 matches, and a strike rate of 1.02 per game. Once he overtakes Puskas on the list of all-time goalscorers for Madrid, he’ll have just Raúl (323), Di Stéfano (307) y Santillana (290) ahead of him.
Elsewhere, Marca says Karim Benzema is out of the clash with the Germans and is a doubt for El Clasico after picking up a leg injury against Malaga.