It’s been a long time coming, five years in fact, but Real Madrid are finally on the brink of winning the league and in all honestly, they would be worthy champions as they have played with a magnificent mentality throughout the entire season. A single point is enough for the title but Málaga will certainly not make it easy for the league leaders and it has all the makings to be a dramatic final day.
LAST TIME OUT
Real Sociedad 2-2 Málaga
It was a truly thrilling game in the Basque Country last weekend and both teams cancelled each other out on the day. Sociedad were awarded a very dubious penalty in the first half which saw them take the lead but the visitors equalised seconds before half-time and it was a very lucky goal as Juan Carlos’ curling drive bounced off the bar and came off the goalkeeper which allowed Luis Hernandez to tap home. There was nothing lucky about Recio’s strike in the second half as he smashed the ball into the top corner from long range. Málaga couldn’t hang on and Sociedad equalised with five minutes to go.
Celta Vigo 1-4 Real Madrid
When Real Madrid need a result, they can always count on one man and his name is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar was at it yet again as he opened the scoring with a bullet shot from distance with his weaker left foot. Madrid’s number 7 got his second straight after the break and although Celta got back into the game, Madrid responded just a minute later with a long awaited Karim Benzema goal. Just as he did last week, Toni Kroos scored Madrid’s fourth of the game and put his side on the brink of glory.
There are no new injuries concerns for Michel’s side ahead of welcoming the league leaders on Sunday evening.
REAL MADRID LINEUP
Zidane is set to play the same eleven that strolled past Celta Vigo in midweek.
Play for the draw?
It’s important to point out that Málaga are enjoying a wonderful end to the La Liga season so this should not be an easy game for the league leaders. With this in mind, will Zidane be tempted to sit back and hold out for the point that would crown his side champions? I highly doubt that Madrid will set out to get a draw but if the score is level with ten minutes to go, don’t expect them to be on the attack as the Andalusian side have shown that they can punish any team when they are on their game.
Will Real Madrid legend Michel spoil the party?
There has been a lot of conspiracy theories already been lined up in the Catalan media in Spain regarding this game. This is mainly because current Málaga manager Michel is known as a Real Madrid great as a player and many believe that he’ll put out a weakened team to help his former side clinch the title on the final day. Michel has made it clear that he will put out a team to win the game but there will surely be something inside of him urging his former side to win the title at the end of the football match.
Sandro can turn himself into a Barcelona legend
Another important factor in this game is the involvement of forward Sandro Ramirez. Sandro used to play for Barcelona and decided to move to Andalusia to progress and he has enjoyed a fantastic debut season as he is currently their top goalscorer in the league with 14 goals to his name. The Spaniard could become a Barcelona great if he manages to continue his great form and score the goals that could see the La Liga title head over to the Camp Nou.
PREDICTION: Málaga 2-3 Real Madrid
I believe that there will be a lot of goals in this game as both these sides don’t tend to keep clean sheets and both love to attack. I can see Real Madrid having a few nervy moments but I think that Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos will be the key men in this game and I’m predicting that Zidane will be the first manager since Jose Mourinho to lead a Real Madrid side to a La Liga title.
Real Madrid have their fate in their own hands, so can they lock up the title with a win? Give us your prediction in the comments section below.