Real Madrid’s hopes for treble were all but over and practically dropped out of La Liga title race as well.
Los Blancos visited Valladolid, third from bottom, in last night’s game hoping to close the gap from Atletico and overtake arch rivals Barcelona in second place but a late header from the home team spoils Sergio Ramos’ scoring ability recently. And at first, I thought he will be the one who will rescue the sluggish Real Madrid yet they could only manage a 1-1 draw. That was also compounded when Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, was forced to leave the game in what appears to be an injury with only less than 10 minutes after kick-off.
The draw leaves Real Madrid four points behind city rivals, Atletico Madrid, and one point below Barcelona with only two games left in the season. With that, although mathematically, Real Madrid are still on the race and still have the chance to take home La Liga title yet it is a very slim hope to hold on knowing how Atletico Madrid moved up in the leaderboard and how they have played this season. In fact, they are also in the verge of achieving unprecedented double titles this season as they also face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League finals in less than three weeks from now.
What used to be a monopoly La Liga title race between Real Madrid and Barcelona is now a three horse race going into the last game of the season. Real Madrid must win their remaining two matches and both Atleti and Barca will slip-up again in their respective games this coming Sunday. But a win will eventually end Real Madrid’s hope for treble and a slim chance in La Liga title. Perhaps, the grueling league and continental schedules may be attributed to either the physical and mental fatigue of the players.
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