Ancelotti equals Muñoz and Mourinho’s record run
Victory over Basel was Real Madrid’s 15th consecutive win under Carlo Ancelotti – equalling the club record.
After a shaky start to the campaign, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid side now found themselves in almost unstoppable mode. Since the 2-1 defeat to Atlético on 13 September, the team coach by the Italian and assistants Paul Clement and Fernando Hierro, have won every single match they’ve played.
Two months have passed since that defeat at the Bernabéu and this evening’s victory at FC Basel was the fifteenth in a row (nine in the league, five in the Champions League and one in the Copa del Rey). Madrid’s victims during that time include Basel and Liverpool (home and away) in the Champions League; Eclhe, Athletic Club, Barcelona and Rayo were defeated at the Bernabéu in the league while all three points were taken from Madrid’s away trips in league, Champions League and Cup at Deportivo, Villarreal, Ludogorets, Levante, Cornellà, Granada and Eibar.
Miguel Muñoz’s Madrid side went on a 15-game runs of victories which started on November 27 1960 and came to an end on March 12 the following year when they were held to a goalless draw at the Carlos Tartiere by Oviedo.
Mourinho repeated the feat almost half a century later. The Portuguese manager guided the team to 10 league wins and five in the Champions League between September 24 and December 7 2011. That run was halted by Barcelona who ran out 3-1 winners at the Bernabéu.
Ancelotti also has the chance to equal another of Mourinho’s club records with Real Madrid – the now Chelsea manager remains the only coach to have ended the group stage of the Champions League with a straight flush of victories. In the 2011-12 edition of the tournament, his side scored home and away wins against Olympique Lyonnais, Ajax and Dinamo Zagreb. The only other teams to have scored a perfect group stage are Fabio Capello’s AC Milan (1992/3), Luis Fernández’s Paris Saint-Germain (1994/5), Oleg Romantsev’s Spartak Moscow (1995/6) and Radomir Antic’s Barcelona (2002/3).