After an unfathomable collapse by Barcelona, we have an incredible title race in Spain. Five games to go, 15 points still to play for, and three teams all dreaming on of lifting the title on May 15.
Barcelona have not won in La Liga since a March 12th victory over Getafe and have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions. Sunday’s loss means that Atlético have drawn even with Barcelona on points at 76, with Real Madrid just one behind in third place. Barcelona still remain top due to their superior goal difference against Diego Simeone’s men in their two league clashes this season.
Barcelona have probably the easiest run-in as they have to play two teams fighting to save themselves from relegation, and three in the mid-table mediocrity spots. Their toughest match is likely to be the derby against Espanyol, in their second last game of the season.
Being knocked out of the Champions League might actual work to Luis Enrique’s side advantage as fatigue is obviously an issue in Barca’s slump. Both Atleti and Real are still in the Champions League and will have to balance playing in both competitions while Barca players can get some much needed mid-week rest.
Atlético meanwhile still have the difficult trip to San Mamés on their games-to-play list, as well as two games against sides involved in the relegation scrap.
Finally, Real Madrid have to face Villarreal, who visit the Bernabéu on Wednesday, as well as visit Vallecas, and finish with two tough games: Valencia at home and Depor away…
Run-in for each side
Barcelona: Deportivo (A), Sporting (H), Betis (A), Espanyol(H) and Granada (A).
Atlético: Athletic (A), Málaga (H), Rayo (H), Levante (A) and Celta (H).
Real Madrid: Villarreal (H), Rayo (A), Real Sociedad (A), Valencia, (H) Deportivo (A).