Real Madrid believe that opponents fear them once again
By winning eight of their past 10 matches, Real Madrid have returned to good form and they feel confident as they get ready for a definitive month of activity.
There is a sense that the fear factor has returned for their opponents, following a couple of months when an apparatus against the title holders wasn’t viewed as an especially overwhelming undertaking.
« They fear us once again, » was a phrase heard in the away dressing room at the Wanda Metropolitano after Saturday’s derby victory.
Barcelona’s recent stumbles have reinforced the certainty at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu considerably further.
The Real Madrid squad have always had a target of winning this year’s LaLiga title, regardless of whether it didn’t generally appear that way.
Poor decisions and physical issues led to a poor few weeks in November and December and saw the hole open up at the best.
Now, Barcelona’s lead over second-placed Real Madrid is just six points and there is belief in the changing area that they can accomplish something that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago.