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LA LIGA: An Exceedingly Dramatic Title Race

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Last weekend, either Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Sevilla, or Atlético Madrid had the chance to become frontrunners in the La Liga title race. They all fluffed their lines by playing out draws. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s tussle ended in a goalless stalemate while Real Madrid and Sevilla canceled each other out in a very much entertaining 2-2 draw.

This season has been a rollercoaster ride for the four title contenders with none of them showing how ready they are to clinch the La Liga title. Their various campaigns have been fraught with inconsistency.

La Liga: A Four-Horse Race

Starting with Atlético Madrid, they will have only themselves to blame if they end up losing the league after they had a sufficient point gap at the summit of the table, however, Diego Simeone’s penchant for defensive football had boomeranged in ugly fashion following poor results which allowed the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona to catch up with them. There are three must-win games left against Real Sociedad, Osasuna, and Valladolid and they can just earn the La Liga title they should have won before things got dramatic.

Lionel Messi should be dejected and gutted over the results of the Catalan giants despite his best efforts. As at the time of writing, Barcelona were held 3-3 by Levante on a frustrating day at the office. There is no assurance that they will win their remaining two games versus Celta Vigo and Eibar with the unsatisfying football they are playing culminating in extemporaneous results.

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Real Madrid look very unlikely to retain the title as defending champions. The influential Sergio Ramos is out for the rest of the season, which is detrimental to the team’s morale. Albeit, they will play against Granada, Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal in their final three fixtures of the season.

Now the last but improbable title aspirants Sevilla could be crowned champions for the first time since 1946 in the event that they win their three remaining games against Valencia, Villarreal, and Alaves. Then they will need a favor from other teams to halt their adversaries in order to win it.

Any of the quartet that ends up winning it will do so with the lowest point tally ever garnered by a champion since the 2007/2008 season.

Nonetheless, more drama will certainly unfold until the last day of the season before a title winner will emerge.


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Ekene Dike is a soccer writer, analyst and scout. Examples of my work can be found on various websites and are available on request. Due to my obsession with soccer, I have setup a soccer scouting agency in my country Nigeria which is the most populous and soccer loving African country in the world.