posted at 21:50
Author Name: Joe Walker
Rampant Real Madrid eye new record territory
The European champions surpassed their previous club record of 15 straight wins with victory over Malaga last weekend and, following a 5-0 Copa del Rey thrashing of Cornella in midweek, Los Blancos now have Barcelona's Spanish record stretch of 18 victories from the 2005/06 season in their sights. Madrid have now scored 64 goals on their winning streak, conceding only nine, but they know they will face a stern test against a Celta side that took all three points at the Camp Nou last month and secured a draw away to Atletico Madrid in September. James Rodriguez's double against third-tier outfit Cornella meant that he is the only Madrid player to score in four competitions this season and his impressive start to life in the Spanish capital has not been lost on manager Carlo Ancelotti. Cristiano Ronaldo was given a rare night off on Tuesday, but the World Player of the Year will return looking to continue his lethal form in front of goal, having netted 20 goals in just 12 league appearances thus far. Res Iniesta, who had not featured since limping off in the 3-1 Clasico reverse in October, made his comeback as the Blaugrana swept aside Huesca 4-0 on Wednesday evening in the Copa del Rey, scoring his first goal in eight months in the process. Champions Atletico Madrid can, temporarily at least, leapfrog Barcelona as they travel to struggling Elche on Saturday. After struggling to break down a resilient L'Hospitalet side in the first half in Cup action on Wednesday, the introduction of Antoine Griezmann at the break provided the spark that Diego Simeone's side needed as they went on to seal a comfortable 3-0 victory and almost certainly set up a Madrid derby in the last 16. Former Manchester United manager David Moyes faces his first difficult away test as coach of Real Sociedad as they travel to Villarreal on Sunday.

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