Real Madrid on course to break Champions League wins record

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have struggled in La Liga of late, but the holders will set a new mark for victories in Europe’s premier club competition if they beat Schalke on Tuesday

Real Madrid will become the first side in the history of the Champions League to record 11 straight wins if they beat Schalke at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won their last 10 matches in European football’s premier club competition since losing 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund in their quarter-final second leg last April.

Back-to-backs wins over Bayern Munich in the semi-finals were followed by a dramatic extra-time victory over city rivals Atletico in the Lisbon showpiece, before group-stage successes against Basel, Liverpool and Ludogorets (twice each) and a 2-0 first-leg triumph at Schalke in the second round last month.

A win on Tuesday would see Ancelotti’s side better Bayern’s 10 wins secured between April and December of 2013 at the end of Jupp Heynckes’ reign and the beginning of Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the Allianz Arena.

Barcelona’s nine-match winning streak in 2002-2003 is the third-best run in the competition, while Dortmund racked up eight consecutive victories en route to the trophy in 1996-97 and another Guardiola side (Barca 2011-12) managed seven straight successes.

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