Rijkaard’s Barcelona, a mirror for Ancelotti’s Real Madrid

Rijkaard’s Barcelona, a mirror for Ancelotti’s Real Madrid


Having recently devoured the records achieved by distinguished managers such as Miguel Munoz and Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid have broken yet another record with their victory against Ludogorets, the 19th in a row, beating illustrious Frank Rijkaard and his Barcelona. That team has turned into Los Blancos mirror for what they achieved after setting that record.

In the 2005-2006 season, Rijkaard’s Barcelona became the first Spanish team to earn 18 consecutive wins in all competitions, and finished their campaign at the top: winning the La Liga and Champions League titles.

There are many similarities between that team and the current Real Madrid side that has beaten that record. These similarities suggest that Carlo Ancelotti men could repeat the success that Rijkaard enjoyed back then.

That year, the Azulgranas earned 16 points in the group stage of the Champions League. Madrid have gone farther and beaten those numbers, winning all six games in the competition and adding 18 total points.

In La Liga, Los Blancos current numbers also exceed those of Rijkaard’s Barcelona at the same stage of the season. The Catalans were leading in the 14th fixture of the championship with 31 points. Los Merengues also sit at the top of the table, but they have 36 points, five more than Rijkaard’s men.

The question is: Will they be able to continue this pace and end the season succeeding like Barcelona did back in 2006?

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Alvaro Heralta is a Spanish journalist specialising on sport, and more specifically, on football. He has worked as a sports reporter for various Spanish media outlets such as Radio Marca, Eurosport Spain, Onda Madrid, Teinteresa.es and LaSemana.es. Since 2009, he has written a blog in Spanish called La Medialuna, in which he covers unusual stories and curious historical facts about football.


  1. I think that will be possible.However, if barca strengthen as a team it can pause the greatest challenge to Realmadrid contention of achieving a higher mark.

  2. Real Madrid are now in a great moment, the players are in a great shape and stronge enough to face any team in european football. So beatin Los Merenques is hard to discribe and Real Madrid is probably will going like this because Real Madrid are now strong enough.

  3. Real madrid has been consistent since early stage of the season, in spite of some inconveniences that arose right B/4 the season kicks on. Now, real madrid with such auspicious and heartily performance can go beyond expectation as areas to what had happen some years back within the team.

  4. Of course Los Blancos will keep up the pace , Barca will drop some points again, they haven’t played with their black beast yet , facing Atletico will cost them points , and any other team that can defend well and counter attack like Los Blancos will hold Barca , PSG neede a player like Marcelo to create havocs in the weak Barca’s defence

  5. Actualy i try 2 declined my comment,in order 2 allow soccer philosopers 2 make their forcast.Bt since the time realmadrid suffer a humiliating defeat against Sociedat,real has taking that upon themselves as a collective bargain & gather team momentum,discipline & fire of revenge.they try 2 maintain that,day by day match by match.”the sky is nt their limit”