LaLiga countdown: remaining fixtures for Real Madrid and Barcelona
Zinedine Zidane's team remain four points clear at the top of the table after they overcame Athletic and their rivals put away Villarreal.
In the latest round of quick-fire fixtures, Barcelona saw off Villarreal with an impressive performance - and some delicious goals - while Real Madrid kept up their winning run with a penalty from Sergio Ramos enough to get past a very good Athletic side. This ensured Los Blancos held onto their important four-point lead at the top of the table as the LaLiga challenge nears its conclusion.
A gap opens in LaLiga title race
If Barça and Real Madrid end the season level on points, Madrid will be declared champions as their win over the Catalans at Santiago Bernabéu in March gives them the better head-to-head figures. With just four games now to play, and for the first time in a while, Los Blancos can afford to drop points but will be aiming to keep the pressure on till the end. Gerard Piqué had already admitted that it was going to be an uphill battle after their game in Seville, and their situation has only worsened since.
"I think it's going to be very difficult to win LaLiga this season. We are going to do everything we possibly can to win it but Madrid are not going to drop many points. I can't see Madrid losing many games." And then came Aspas' late equaliser for Celta, and Simeone's men leaving Catalonia with a point.
Real Madrid and Barcelona remaining fixtures
Home games, at the Alfredo Di Stéfano or Camp Nou, are in bold.
However, it's not over until it's over, and both teams still have games against tough rivals in the run-in to the title. Madrid, still have to face Villarreal and then there is a meeting with Leganés, who are battling to avoid relegation. Barça meanwhile, could look at local rivals and relegation-battlers Espanyol as a team that may have something to say about the run-in, just as they made it tough for Madrid, who only just scraped past thanks to a bit of class from Benzema.
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