Real Madrid pass the 2016 test

A Club World Cup title has seen Real Madrid cap of 2016 in perfect fashion with the side also currently holding the advantage in LaLiga and into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Over the last month, the club has had to navigate tricky league Champions League and Club World Cup fixtures and has had to make do with notable absentees, namely with Toni Kroos missing their trips to the Estadio Vicente Calderon and the Camp Nou whilst star attacker Gareth Bale has been sidelined for their latest matches.

In the league, Los Blancos have opened up a comfortable gap at the top of the table after a brilliant offensive display against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid before earning a last-gasp El Clasico draw.

In doing so, the side has earned four points from two of their toughest fixtures so far, and as it stands, hold a three and nine-point advantage over Barcelona and the Rojiblancos respectively with a game in hand as their clash with Valencia has been postponed until February.

Despite some disappointment over their inability to qualify as first in their Champions League group after failing to topple Borussia Dortmund in their final match, Real Madrid are expected to qualify for their quarter-finals of the competition, with the club meeting Serie A side Napoli in the last-16.

Meanwhile, the Merengues were pushed to the limit in the final of the Club World Cup with the capital club eventually claiming the world title thanks to a hat-trick from Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, including two goals in extra time.

As such, Real Madrid will end 2016 off the back of a 37 match unbeaten run, needing two more positive results to match the 39 matches set by Barcelona.

And with a Copa del Rey clash as well as the match against Granada in the league to kick off the new year, the impossible doesn’t look so difficult after all.

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