13 POINTS

A Cristiano Ronaldo double helped Real Madrid secure a 13 point advantage in the Spanish la Liga.

Real Madrid were coming into the match against Real Betis knowing that a victory could send them 13 points clear at the top of the table, as Barcelona were not playing until Sunday.

THE STRONGEST SQUAD

Real Madrid's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has said that this is by far the strongest squad Real Madrid have had in their history.

This comes as a major statement just ahead of the Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow for Real Madrid.

REAL READY FOR CSKA

Real Madrid are ready to face CSKA Moscow in the last 16 of the Champions League according to their manager José Mourinho.

Real Madrid come into the match after having kept their lead intact in the Spanish domestic league.

CITY CHASING ALBIOL

Manchester City are interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol in the summer transfer window. Raul Albiol was signed by the previous Real Madrid manager from Valencia in a £ 24 million deal.

However, he has been largely marginalised from the first team since the arrival of José Mourinho from Inter Milan.

RONALDO HAILS LA LIGA

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the La Liga is the best league in the world right now.

The Portuguese winger has said that La Liga is the best league in the world because it allows its players to express themselves. The English Premier League was regarded as one of the best in the world, but the dominance of Barcelona in the European Champions League has changed the opinions of people a lot.

MOURINHO RUES PLAYING IN SPAIN

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that Real Madrid would have won the league in the team was playing in any other league than the Spanish. Real Madrid have been on an excellent run this season, but they have been stopped on a number of occasions by Barcelona.

As a result, Real Madrid currently have only three-point advantage over second placed Barcelona. Real Madrid manager José Mourinho reckons that it would take a superhuman effort to catch Real Madrid if the club was playing in a different League – Spanish or Italian, for example.

Real boss pleased with Sahin boost

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho believes Nuri Sahin will have regained confidence after finding the net during his side’s 5-1 thrashing of Ponferradina.

Sahin joined the Spanish club from German side Dortmound during the summer, but has suffered from injuries problems and has been unable to win a first team place.

However, he took his chance midweek, netting on of his side’s five goals as Real completed a 7-1 aggregate victory in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.

POWER SHIFT IN SPAIN

It seems that the balance of power is finally shifting in Spain. It did not seem to be realistic when Real Madrid were leading Barcelona by a slender three points, but after the weekend Real Madrid have extended their lead to a massive six points, which will prove extremely crucial as the season progresses.

MADRID DEFEAT VALENCIA

Real Madrid managed to keep their three point league over the chasing pack in La Liga with a fine win in a five goal thriller with Valencia. Despite the three points, however, goalkeeper Iker Casillas was less than impressed with the team's performance.

Karim Benzema put Madrid in front after just 20 minutes, and they looked on course for a comfortable win when Sergio Ramos made it 2-0 on around 70 minutes.

HIGUAIN WANTS PATIENCE

It's taken just over a season, but finally Jose Mourinho is sat at the top of the Primera Liga table. Barcelona's slip-up last week, when they could only draw 0-0 with Sociedad, gave the Madrilenos a chance to hit the top of the table, and its a chance they took with both hands!

Obviously there is still a long way to go, with it being only October, but the signs are there that Madrid can become the dominant force in Spanish football.

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