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Real and Barça under pressure before Matchday 37


As the end of the season looms in Spain, Real Madrid and Barça, respectively 2nd and 3rd in Liga, must win to hope to win the league title.  

With only two games left to play, the title fight is still fierce on the other side of the Pyrenees.

Leader since the start of the championship, Atlético was even 10 points ahead of Real at the end of January.

Now the Colchoneros are only 2 and 4 points ahead of the Merengues and the Blaugranas, but Diego Simeone's men have their destiny in hand.

In addition, the Rojiblancos have a favorable schedule with the reception of Osasuna this Sunday and a trip to Valladolid the following week.

Dangerous trip to Basque soil for Real

On behalf of this 37th day of La Liga, Zinedine Zidane's men move on the lawn of Athletic Bilbao. 9th, the Basques have nothing more to play this season. However, the residents of San Mames remain a formidable team and capable of sublimating themselves in the big matches. In January, they defeated Real (1-2) and Barça (2-3) to win the Spanish Super Cup and beat Atlético on April 25 (2-1). In addition, the travels of Real in the Basque Country are rarely a part of pleasure for the Madrilenians, who will be deprived of Toni Kroos, in case of contact. With two points behind their rival Atletico, Real Madrid must win to continue dreaming of a second consecutive coronation,performance that Casa Blanca has not achieved since the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons.

Barça compromised their chances

After a very poor start to the season, Barça had orchestrated a nice comeback in 2021, but the closer the end of the season approaches the more the Blaugranas miss all their opportunities to get closer to the title. The Catalans have won only one of their last four games and have let slip precious points, at home against Granada (1-2) and this Tuesday at Levante (3-3). If their Madrid rival only needs a victory this Sunday to stay in the race, the math is more complicated for the Catalans who are four points behind the Colchoneros. Messi's partners must win this Sunday at home against Celta Vigo and at the same time hope for a poor performance from Atlético. A more than complicated mission for the people of Barcelona.The latter may regret the points lost against weaker teams and their record against the top 4. Indeed, the Koeman men have won only one of their six matches against their competitors, for three defeats and two draws. Top little for a club wishing to be champion of Spain.

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Source: lefigaro

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