Real Madrid go into derby against Atletico Madrid chasing new record

Real Madrid go into Sunday’s derby against Atletico Madrid chasing a new record.

Real Madrid can get closer to beating the best start to the season in their 120-year history. The current Liga and Champions League holders picked up an eighth consecutive victory at the start of the 2022-23 campaign against Leipzig.

That already represents the third-best start in the club’s history and puts Carlo Ancelotti’s team three more wins shy of matching the two best starts in Madrid history, when Miguel Muñoz’s Madrid posted 11 wins at the start of the 1961-62 and 1968-69 seasons.

More than half a century later, the best streak Madrid had achieved at the opening of a campaign was the seven victories achieved by Manuel Pellegrini in 2009-10. Sevilla, on matchday six of the League, brought that run to an end at the Sánchez Pizjuán.

Madrid also achieved seven wins in a row in the 1916-17, 1931-32 and 1934-35 seasons, although many fixtures in that era corresponded to regional championships.