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Real Madrid puts even more pressure on Barcelona

Real Madrid's season keeps going from strength to strength with Los Blancos now six points ahead of eternal rivals Barcelona, though having played an extra game.

Following their comfortable El Clasico win over the weekend, Real Madrid beat Elche handily away from home. The win gives the club from the capital a comfortable lead at the top in a season that will be interrupted by the World Cup in Qatar during the winter.

Real Madrid have built this success on the experience and nous of coach Carlos Ancelotti, who prior to the game against Elche said he could not have envisioned a better scenario just a year ago.

Success already

Having already lifted the the Supercopa de Espana, LaLiga Santander, and the Champions League, Ancelotti added the European Super Cup at the start of the season.

While the club were rebuffed by Kylian Mbappe in the transfer window, they made astute signings Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, who supplemented to the squad's existing talent.

Real Madrid make a commanding start to the season

Following a draw with Osasuna the champions went on to string together three more victories, the most significant of which was against the Blaugrana.

Real Madrid now boast a record of 28 points out of a possible 30, a rate at which could see them eclipse Pep Guardiola's Barcelona's record of 55 points in a first half of the season.

Real Madrid have conceded eight goals in 10 games, an average of 0.8 goals conceded per game. It's a good record, but elevated by those up front, with 25 goals, which means an average of 2.5 per game, more than anyone else in the league.

The machine has worked even without first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and, at times, star striker and newly-crowned Ballon d'Or Karim Benzema.

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