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Real have the double in hand for first time since 2002-03

Not since 14 years ago have Zinedine Zidane's side controlled their own destiny in search of the European and domestic double.

El Real Madrid dependía de si mismo para el doblete Liga y Champions, pero no pudo conseguirlo. Este penalti fallado por Figo fue clave.

After Real Madrid suffered Clásico defeat at the hands of Barcelona a sense of pessimism has enveloped the Bernabéu. But Zinedine Zidane’s side are in a position they have not found themselves in for almost a decade and a half, level on points with Barcelona (but second due to goal difference with Barça now enjoying head-to-head advantage) and with a game in hand. With an extra game in the pocket, Real are in control of their own destiny in the league and can allow themselves a draw in one of their remaining five fixtures and still win the title as they long win their other four.

Champions League precedents against Atlético

In the Champions League Real are also in the running to retain their title and face Atlético Madrid for the third time in four seasons in the semi-finals, with Real winning each of those encounters (two finals and one two-legged quarter-final).

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It is the first time since the 2002-03 season that Real find themselves in such a position. In that season with Vicente del Bosque at the helm and Roberto Carlos, Zidane, Luis Figo and Raúl in the side, Real went on to win the league but fell at the semi-final stage in Europe to Juventus, in a tie remembered for Figo’s missed penalty. As is the case this season, Real were defending their Champions League title, won in 2001-02 in Glasgow.

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