Betfred Sport

Red hot La Liga

The best two teams in the world are giving us an incomparable spectacle. La Liga is in an incandescent stage after Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Valencia and Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Zaragoza.

Barca are now only four points below Real. Jose Mourinho’s squad were exceptionally unlucky against Valencia, whose keeper Vicente Guaita became an insurmountable wall who exasperated the home fans in the Santiago Bernabeu.

The players and, of course, the Special One, could scarcely believe it. Nervousness and vertigo have appeared when the competition seemed to be all over a few short weeks ago.

Madrid are still the favorites in the run for La Liga. Despite three draws in their last five league matches, the La Liga leaders have kept a four point advantage over Barca - and the destiny of what would be their 32nd league title is in their own hands.

Mourinho’s team have a hard test against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital derby at the Vicente Calderon stadium. However, statistics and history are always with the Merengues when they face their city opponents. Real have only been defeated twice in the last 20 years in an away league match against the Colchoneros.

Barca have the ability to beat any side in the world, but La Liga’s fourth-placed side Levante are having an outstanding season and host Guardiola’s men before Barcelona entertain Madrid. 

A vibrant Clasico to come - and Madrid’s chance to make history

La Liga will reach its boiling point on April 21, not just the ‘Clasico’ day for Barca and Madrid fans but potentially the Clasico to top all Clasicos. The game could come in an opportune moment for football ecstasy for one set of fans. It will be a high voltage game, where one side could short circuit their rivals.

Madrid’s objective before that game is to keep their current advantage, and that is by no means a straightforward task. If Mourinho’s men can match Barcelona’s results before April 21 and avoid defeat in the Clasico, it could provide the springboard for Madrid to go on and finish the job.

We will find out if Madrid can withstand the pressure. They looked supremely confident before the draws that have revived the fight for the title. If Barca overhaul their rivals, it will be because Madrid failed to get across the line. Barca are playing with a 12th man that goes by the name of pressure.

There have been three dark seasons for Madrid. If they beat the best Barca side in history it would be a fantastic way to recover the glory for this legendary club – and confirm Mourinho’s status as one of the world’s greatest managers.

Destiny could give Madrid one more chance to sink their rivals in the Champions League final on May 19 in Munich. A European victory could be the icing on the cake as Barca aim to confirm their status as the world’s best side with a La Liga and Champions League double. 

Real Madrid’s remaining games

Away v Atletico de Madrid (7th in La Liga)

Home v Sporting (20th)

Away v Barcelona (2nd)

Home v Sevilla (8th)

Away v Athletic Bilbao (11th)

Away v Granada (16th)

Home v Mallorca (14th)

Barcelona’s remaining games

Home v Getafe (10th)

Away v Levante (5th)

Home v Real Madrid (1st)

Away v Rayo Vallecano (12th)

Home v Malaga (3th)

Home v Espanyol (9th)

Away v Betis (13th)

By Ivan Molina - Follow me on Twitter: @IvanMolinaC

< Back to World football