Madrid: Barcelona have the upper hand in a final day showdown with Real Madrid for the Spanish title on Saturday as they know a victory at Granada will ensure them a 24th La Liga crown.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez (second from right) is now well set to become the first player other than teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Pichichi award for La Liga's top scorer in seven seasons. Pic/Getty Images
Madrid are a point behind and have to stretch their winning La Liga run to 12 games at Deportivo la Coruna and hope for a Barca slip up to land the title.
The battle between the two richest clubs in the world has come down to the final day thanks to Barca’s incredible slump of three consecutive league defeats in April, the first time in 13 years they had gone on such a run.
However, the world champions have bounced back in style with four straight victories by a combined 21-0 scoreline to take them to the brink of a sixth Spanish title in eight seasons.
“It is essential for us to keep a clean sheet because we know from middle to front we can make the difference,” Luis Suarez said on Thursday.
“Mentally we have to be very strong and be aware of the fact that it is in our own hands. We have 93 or 94 minutes to win one match.”
Suarez is now well set to become the first player other than teammate Lionel Messi and Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Pichichi award for La Liga’s top scorer in seven seasons. Suarez’s 37 La Liga goals as part of a tally of 56 in all competitions this season is four more than Ronaldo.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes his side can dream of pulling off an incredible comeback to usurp Barcelona and win La Liga on Saturday.
Madrid need to win a 12th consecutive La Liga game at Deportivo la Coruna and hope that Barca slip up away at Granada to deny their eternal rivals the title. Zidane has fared remarkably well in his first senior managerial role to replace the sacked Rafael Benitez in January. “That is the dream. I have been at this club for a long time as a player, then in many different roles and now finally as coach,” Zidane said yesterday.