Date: 13 May 2017 15:03
Los Blancos have a game in hand over Barca and can claim the crown with seven points from their last three matches. The moment of truth has arrived...
Real Madrid recent record in La Liga is not good enough. The European champions have claimed 32 titles in their history, which is more than any other team including Barcelona, but only one of those has arrived since 2008.
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Although Madrid pride themselves on winning the European Cup and have claimed that trophy a record 11 times, domestic dominance is also a measure of a team's quality over the course of a long season and losing La Liga time and again in the past few years is known to be an embarrassment to club chief Florentino Perez.
It is said that when his high-profile guests ask the president why Madrid cannot win La Liga, the construction magnate is irritated. And even though Real have the chance to claim a 12th European Cup after qualifying for the final this week, success in the Primera Division is almost as important following the disappointments over the past few seasons.
Since winning La Liga in 2007-08, Madrid have added only one more title and that was under Jose Mourinho in 2011-12. In that time, Barca have claimed six league crowns and Atletico won the other one.
That is insufficient for a club that is the world's richest and most successful side, a team that prides itself on ruling the roost not only in Europe but also in Spain. Over the past few years, Barca have been much more dominant at home than Real.
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"We've won just one in the last nine years and I think it would be important for the club to win it again," former Madrid right-back Michel Salgado told Omnisport this week. "One thing is to be successful at Europe, something which delights us, but we should try to dominate in Spain too because the fans deserve it."
Real are currently second in the table, level on points with Barca, but with a game in hand after their match away to Celta Vigo in February was postponed due to damage to the Galicians' Balaidos stadium. So, with three fixtures remaining, seven points will be enough for Los Blancos to win the title.
"We have four games left," Zidane said on Saturday in reference to the three Liga matches and the Champions League showpiece against Juventus. "Four finals to try and claim La Liga and the Champions League. But we haven't won anything yet."
The first of those "finals" comes on Sunday at home to Sevilla in Madrid's last game of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu, while the rearranged fixture away to Celta follows on Wednesday night and Los Blancos end the Primera Division away to Malaga.
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The Andalusian side are coached by Madrid legend Michel and the former Spain midfielder claimed he was happy to help Real after his side beat Barca a few weeks ago at La Rosaleda.
Another former Madrid man hoping to lend a hand is Jese, who is in action for Las Palmas against Barca on Sunday and said: "I would like to score against Barca and give La Liga to Madrid, I won't lie."
"Anything can happen in La Liga and we are going to fight until the end," Luis Enrique said ahead of that match as he looks to sign off with a third straight success in the Primera Division. However, it is in Madrid's hands now and after so many near misses for Real in recent seasons, losing out again would be unforgivable this time.