Real Madrid prepare for their final La Liga match of the season as they visit Malaga. It’s the final game of the season and it’s a match that Los Merengues will need to treat as a final since one point will guarantee that they clinch the title for the first time in five years.
With Barcelona (who are currently three points behind Real Madrid) hosting Eibar, no one is expecting them to get anything less that three points on the night and if Real Madrid lose their match, Barcelona will be first place since the head-to-head rule applies in La Liga.
The nerves are there and the players need to stay focused. This has been a brilliant season for them but, as Zinedine Zidane continuously stressed in the past few weeks, nothing has been won yet and this season could end up being disastrous if they lose tonight.
There has been a lot of talk regarding the theory that Malaga may throw the game away and give Real Madrid the point(s) they need in order to win the title due to the fact that the manager is a self-admitted Real Madrid fan while the club President, Abdullah Al-Thani, has publicly called the Barcelona team “Catalan scum” on Twitter.
Personally, I genuinely don’t see Malaga throwing the match away and they will be coming out and fighting to end the season on a high. They have been unbeaten during their past five matches and have caused countless problems for the bigger teams with Barcelona included in that list.
This game will in no way be easy and Real Madrid will end up losing the match if they don’t come out with full concentration and treating this match like a final. They will need to come out with their best team to stop the Malaga threats.
Los Blancos can win this game, they have shown their undeniable quality throughout this season but at the same time, we have all seen how their loss of concentration has cost us some extremely valuable points.
My Predicted Starting Eleven:
Keylor Navas, Nacho Fernandez, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema
Let’s not make it one of these games that give us multiple heart-attacks throughout the 90 minutes and we end up barely winning the match due to some last-minute heroics by someone like Sergio Ramos or Cristiano Ronaldo. We need to come out strong from the first minute and end the match as soon as possible.
Tonight, we are capable of winning La Liga and it can be a beautiful and memorable night. Let’s make it a night of celebration!
Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!