We're halfway through October, which means the La Liga title is so far from being decided that it is barely even worth talking about right now. At least, that's how it should be at this point in the season.
Teams like Atletico Madrid and Malaga will pose a challenge, but chances are that the league winners will be one of Spain's two giants.
However, with Barcelona already having an eight-point lead over their rivals and with Real Madrid losing all three full-backs—at least—the title could be essentially won by the break if the defending champs aren't careful.
It was bad enough that Madrid let La Blaugrana build an eight-point lead through the first seven games, but that gap is not at all insurmountable, especially given the fact that Barcelona haven't been incredibly convincing thus far.
No gap is conclusive in October, but recent injuries to Real have put them on the verge of being out of the title race before the winter break even comes about.
The champs will now have to play without all three senior full-backs for at least the next few weeks. If they end up letting their rivals get a significant double-digit lead, it may just be too much to come back from.
This article looks at six things Jose Mourinho's men must do to catch Barcelona and prevent the league from getting away from them.