In Basel, Carlo Ancelotti will be gunning to draw level with Miguel Muñoz and José Mourinho’s joint record of 15 straight victories in the Real Madrid hotseat, dating to the 1960-1961 and 2011-2012 seasons respectively.
Mourinho’s hopes of claiming the record all for himself were thwarted by a 3-1 defeat at home to none other than Barcelona in December 2011.
Ancelotti has now racked up 14 consecutive wins since September’s loss to Atlético at the Bernabéu: nine in the league, four in the Champions League and one in the Copa del Rey.
Basel and Málaga are the two teams ‘Los Blancos’ have to dispatch in order for the former PSG, Chelsea and Milan manager to add to his entry in the Real
Madrid history books, where he already occupies a good few pages after securing the long-awaited ‘Décima’.
There are good omens for Ancelotti as he bids to break new ground this week. At the weekend he set a personal record by securing his 37th victory (to six draws and seven defeats) in his 50th league match as Real’s manager, surpassing his time at Chelsea, where he had scored 36 wins at the same stage.