Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown

In-form striker Cristiano Ronaldo will try to take Real Madrid to the brink of the Spanish title on Wednesday against Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid are a mere 4 points way from securing the title and a victory tonight would ensure that only require a point against Malaga in their next game. "Nobody is speaking about that in the dressing room". We are only thinking about tomorrow's game.

"Until the end, until the last minute, we can't think about anything. We are not going to relax and we have not won anything".

Four points from the game against Celta on Wednesday and their weekend trip to Malaga will see Madrid crowned champions regardless of what Barcelona do in their final game at home to Eibar on Sunday evening. The Real manager's insistence on the importance of his entire squad has created not one very good side but two, both capable of seeing out games even when the Frenchman has made nine changes from one match to the next.

Shrugging off questions on the futures of James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas, players linked with departures from Madrid by reports in Spain, Zidane said the team were focused on the clash in Vigo.

The last time Madrid visited Balaidos they were sent packing from the Copa del Rey with a 2-2 draw that sealed a 4-3 aggregate win for Celta.

"I have never denied a sympathy for Barcelona for their style of play", Mourino told AS.

"I am expecting the same Celta as always - they have got a very good team and will play their game".

The match at Balaidos was originally scheduled for February but had to be postponed after strong winds damaged the stadium.

Yet, just as the hosts' nerves were becoming frayed, Ronaldo appeared once more by crashing home Toni Kroos's cut-back to restore Real's two goal lead.

"The game is of a huge importance, not only for the rival that we are going to face, but also for our own moment", Berizzo said at a press conference. And with only forward Gareth Bale, defender Pepe and right-back Dani Carvajal unavailable, head coach Zidane will be able to continue with the squad rotations which have served him so well of late.

  • Julie Sanders