A few months ago, Real Madrid could only hope to achieve the treble. Flash forward to present day and Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) and a spot in the Champions League final match. The only thing missing was the Spanish Primera Division title.
But after today, Real Madrid can kiss its La Liga title hopes goodbye…
That’s right. Real Madrid can kiss its Spanish title hopes goodbye after acquiring just one point in today’s match against Real Valladolid.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos netted Madrid’s only goal. “Los Blancos” seemed unsure of what they were doing all game and mistakes ultimately cost them the three points they desperately needed.
Then, with five minutes left in the second half, with victory so close that Madrid could practically taste it, Humberto Osorio netted the equalizer for Real Valladolid, sending the game into a draw.
Not only did Real Madrid have to deal with the disappointment of the game itself, but star player Cristiano Ronaldo needed to be substituted out in the eighth minute after discomfort in his left hamstring. Ultimately, the substitution was more precautionary than serious.
La Liga’s title math, however, doesn’t work out in Madrid’s favor. Atletico Madrid sits atop La Liga with 88 points. Barcelona is second with 85 while Real Madrid sits in third with 84.
All 20 teams in the Spanish Primera Division play 38 matches and the team with the most points by the end of the season wins the title. If Real Madrid were to win La Liga, it would depend heavily on the outcomes of Atletico’s and Barcelona’s final matches.
For Real Madrid to win the title, Atletico would need to lose its last two games and Barcelona must love against Elche and defeat Atletico in the season finale. Real Madrid has no room for error as well, needing to win its final two games to acquire the last six points. The likelihood of doing so is doubtful, but then again, this league has been full of surprises.
Right now, the main concerns for Real Madrid are to working towards earning its final six points and make sure key players are in good condition for the Champions League final against Atletico at the end of May. The treble may have to wait until next year.
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