As the final battle for the La Liga crown is set to take place on Saturday, the two Spanish arch-rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are already making the nation heated up.
Controversy and rumours of possible payments of incentives to officals which may lead to dodgy officiating is on air, uncertainty looms in Spain, as Barcelona travel to Granada on Saturday with one point ahead of Real Madrid. Outright win is what is required of Barcelona at Granada, while a draw or lose may deny them the title but that will also be dependent on the outcome of Madrid’s match.
Madrid on the other hand will be travelling to Deportivo La Coruna, where they will play to win and hope that Barcelona drop a point while in Granada.
Interestingly, this is the first time in quite a long time that other top European leagues such as England, Italy, Germany, France to mention but a few would have decided a winner before final day, while Spain will have to wait for the last day to know winner. Leicester, Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG have all emerged in England, Italy, Germany and France respectively, with Spain yet to have a winner.
Decision of La Liga winner would have been made a long time ago, until the El Classico in Camp Nou when Barca lost to Madrid and things turned around, making the Catalans to record three consecutive league losses, and putting their early title hope in jeopardy.
While Madrid have a hope of winning a major league title in Europe, they will also want to add a domestic league to Zidane’s first year as manager, after being sent-off from the Copa del Rey title for fielding an ineligible player while Benitez was in charge.
Barcelona also know the implication of losing the title on final day, as it will deny them the opportunity to be a major contender for the Spanish Super Cup and this could also make them qualify to Europe as third from Spain, even though they have another final to play with Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final.