Last night, Real Madrid have been confirmed as league leaders so far after both, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid slipped in their weekend matches. Real Sociedad were able to beat Barcelona 3-1 while Atletico Madrid lost against Osasuna 3-0. With those results, and Los Merengues beating Elche 3-0, Real Madrid are now three points ahead in La Liga. The Madridista’s are happy, but there is still a long road until the end of the season and it only gets harder from here…
After the last El Clasico, where Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Barcelona, Los Blancos were five points behind the league leaders and it seemed as though things were not going to end up well for the Men in White. If there is anything that we have learned about the Catalans, it is that they do not lose easily and a five-point gap is practically impossible to come back from. Real Madrid kept fighting though and they now find themselves three points clear at the top. With a great 2014 so far, anything is possible but they will need to fight harder to make sure that things keep going their way.
Since the beginning of 2014, Real Madrid have been able to concentrate on the league and the Copa del Rey and have done really well in both competitions so far. Now, the UEFA Champions League is back and things will be getting more complicated for them since there is another major competition that will be on the back of their minds. Los Merengues will be playing against Schalke on Wednesday before hosting Atletico Madrid on Sunday in La Liga. This is only the beginning of a very difficult few months that will be coming up.
Real Madrid’s Upcoming Difficult Matches In La Liga:
Atletico Madrid (Away) – March 2
Barcelona (Home) – March 22/23
Sevilla (Away) – March 25/26
Real Sociedad (Away) – April 5/6
Osasuna (Home) – April 26/27
Valencia (Home) – May 3/4
These are only the difficult games that are coming up in La Liga, let alone what games Real Madrid will be playing in the UEFA Champions League if they are able to make it through to the next rounds of the competition. Also, they will be playing the final of the Copa del Rey in mid-April against Barcelona.
There is still a very long way to go for Los Blancos and they will need to stay 100% focused. Carlo Ancelotti has proven to everyone how great of a manager he is so far and he has done something that many thought was once impossible: He was able to keep the squad calm and united through any trouble, especially after the departure of Jose Mourinho in the summer and the debate of who should be playing between Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas.
Yes, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have slipped up in the league but they are both teams who are more than capable of fighting back. Real Madrid have shown everyone their fighting spirit and will need to show it for the rest of the season. As I mentioned before, it will be difficult but it is very possible.