What a stunning season for Jose Mourinho and everyone connected to Real Madrid. Not only did they put the brakes on their Catalan rivals and stop them winning La Liga four years in a row, they set a new points record by beating Majorca on the final day 4-1. This put Madrid on 100 points, one better than the 99 recorded by Guardiola’s Barcelona two years ago.
Remarkably, the home and away record is identical. 16 wins, two draws and just a single defeat both at the Bernabeu and on their travels is phenomenal. Real scored 121 goals and let in just 32. Christiano was top scorer with 46 league goals. Gonzalo Higuain with 22, and Karim Benzema with 21 also made great contributions.
Ozil, Di Maria, Pepe, Alonso and Ramos were all fantastic and Casillas the captain was immense in goal, as usual. Mourinho was always entertaining and he is already planning for next season. It remains to be seen if there will be much activity in the transfer market this summer. Jose may wait to see if anyone catches his eye during 2012.
What is for sure is that Barcelona will find it very difficult to recapture this title from a brilliant Real Madrid.
On a hostile night at the home of Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid ran out 3-0 winners to clinch their first La Liga title since 2008. It was the 32nd time Real have ruled in Spain and the 7th league win for Jose Mourinho.The Portugese managerclaimed that this title was the hardest won of his illustrious career.
Wild celebrations ensued across Spain as the Madrid fans were overjoyed at seeing the title wrested back from the grasp of fierce rivals Barcelona. Real achieved this stunning feat scoring a record number of league goals and they are still on course for a record number of points. If they win their next two games they will finish the season with 100 points. The current record is 99, held by Guardiola’s Barcelona team of two years ago.
Speculation on the departure of Mourinho in the summer has all but stopped. Indeed, Mourinho met with Real Madrid executive Jose Angel Sanchez yesterday to start making plans for next season. The club were dissapointed to go out of the Champion’s league at the semi-final stage and will want to win the cup next year along with retaining the title against a Barcelona side dseperate to win it back.
Ronaldo scored a great opener against Sevilla and Benzema followed with a brace as Madrid won 3-0. Real now have 112 la liga goals and 165 in all competitions. They have already brokenn the record for both at 107 and 158 respectively. There is every chance that they will set new records that could last a very long time.
Christiano Ronaldo moved his league tally onto 43. Madrid have not completely relied on him, however, with Higuain on 21 and Benzema on 20. Ronaldo is tied in the race for the Pichichi with Leo Messi after the Argentinian scored twice against Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona`s number ten has a slight advantage as he has an extra game to play, the cup final. Ronaldo, though, has a gun in his leg so either could win.
Real Madrid were rarely troubled against Sevilla after Fazio`s 3rd minute “goal” was disallowed when the referee deemed that Pepe had been fouled from Sevilla`s corner. Ronaldo could have had a penalty or two but croticism of the referee was unnecessary as Madrid continue their charge to the title.
Real are still on course for a record points haul in La Liga. Three more wins and Jose Mourinho`s team will have 100 points. This will beat Guardiola`s record by one and finish a dissapointing season for the departing Barcelona coach.
Following their dissapointing exit from the champion`s league on Wednesday, Madrid need to get back on track and secure la liga. Everybody involved with the club has been suffering since the penalty shoot out loss to Bayern.
A win today would all but secure the title and if Barcelona then fail to beat Rayo Vallecano later then Madrid are crowned Spanish champion`s again. History shows that when Real have gone out of Europe then they have responded well in the league.
Real Madrid still have the chance of beating Guardiola`s record points tally. If they can win their last matches they will finish on a hundred points, one better than Barcelona`s ninety nine of 2009.
Saturday night, Camp Nou, 8 `o`clock, don`t miss it. This game could be an all-time classic.
Barcelona looked unbeatable after despatching AC Milan but are now showing chinks in their armour. Remember that they had slipped to ten points behind Madrid in la liga before Real had a bad run. Any team can hit an obstacle and Jose`s old team, chelsea, may have done him a huge favour in halting Barcelona`s run of form.
Ronaldo and Messi are fighting for the golden boot and records in both europe and spain. At any other time they would have won the golden boot easily but it seems that they are constantly outdoing each other.
Messi scores five in a champion`s league match, then Christiano scores a hat-trick with two of the goals being contenders for goal of the season. Messi`s overall tally is bigger because he has played in extra tournaments.
Real Madrid should remember, also, that they triumphed over Barcelona a year ago to win the cup.