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Can Barcelona overtake Real Madrid in La Liga

Posted on March 19, 2012 by admin

The gap at the top of La Liga is now eight points. Guardiola has claimed that the league is already won but do not expect him to believe it himself. Would he risk his top players in the league if he thought it was over ? Casillas and Mourinho have both publicly dismissed the Barcelona manager`s statement, and the whole Madrid team will be ordered not to lose focus.

It is true that Madrid has the hardest run of games until the end of the season. They have more away games than home, and must face Valencia and Sevilla at home, both teams chasing a European place next season. They must also play away at Bilbao, Osasuna, local rivals Atletico and, of course, Barcelona.

Barcelona are hitting their best form of the season, with saturday`s victory at Sevilla being their seventh consecutive win. They have one more game to play at home than away but also face local rivals Espanyol and their last game of the season is away to Real Betis. It could become nail-biting.

There is a precedent. In 2004 Carlos Queiroz had an eight point lead for Madrid after 26 games and eventually lost the title to the Valencia of Rafa Benitez. But do not forget that this Madrid has the special one and a deadly trio of strikers.

Emilio Butragueno, director of public relations for Real Madrid, says “ten points seemed a distinct advantage and eight is still a significant one.” and also that “it is true that we have a big lead but there is competition.”

Real Madrid do have the easier draw in the champion`s league, so we will hopefully end the season with a double.

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