Madrid has a game in hand, but it has never been able to overcome this big of a gap and win the title.
The likes of Carlos Tevez, Oscar and Axel Witsel have all swapped Europe for China, but could the CSL be about to snag its biggest coup of all? - Maxi Gomez is the only player to score both against Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga this season. "These are discussions that happen in a team", he said. I have to detect the problem, I'm the one responsibility and we're going to try.
It's possible that we may see Madrid go in for Chelsea's two most prized assets as well as their manager. "We have to have more confidence in our ability".
Madrid pushed for the winner and will be left to rue Lucas Vazquez's poor attempt from space in the centre of the box, which was comfortably held by Blanco in the final minute of normal time.
"When a player is bad, I will help him".
Dembele 6. Looked lost early on but gradually became more settled in his right-wing role.
Zidane has suggested he will avoid delving into the transfer market this month to bring in new recruits, despite the team's ongoing struggles.
Earlier in the day, Barcelona had received what Diario AS described as "a bath and a massage" - a very easy match - against Levante.
"It's everyone's fault, mine first".
On January 12 2017, Madrid surpassed the Spanish record for an unbeaten streak, going 40 games without a defeat after beating Sevilla in the Copa del Rey. It's important people don't forget that. Like a Formula 1 car, he is only truly at ease when there is no longer anything to tweak.
"Are things more complicated with a draw? Yes". And to boot, if his injuries ease up we will not remember that he spent a year as a shadow of his former self.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane won't rule out selling players this month.
"I don't need anyone". Teed up Messi for the opener with an overlapping run and tidy headed assist, and also carried out his defensive chores well. "Because I'm happy with my squad".
It would be a difficult manoeuvre but a club as ambitious as Real needs to reinvent itself - especially in attack.
"I think we're fine physically, we ran and ran". The pass from Isco was perfect and Bale flicked a wonderful finish past Ruben.