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.
Real Madrid enjoyed a very relaxed fifteen minutes of gentle training in the rain. All the staff seemed calm and focused ahead of tonights away leg in the semi-finals of the champion`s league.
Tonight the Allianz arena in Munich sees the start of acrucial, perhaps season defining eight days for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid. The return leg is next wednesday and in-between is the small matter of a trip to the Nou camp. Next thursday could see Madrid having booked a return trip to Munich for the final and with an almost unbeatable lead in la liga.
Mourinho, who says he is only talking to the press on Uefa`s orders, has praised Bayern but played down the unfavourable statistics. “History is not playing,” he says but insists that “we must not go to Munich without scoring.”
A full squad is available to Mourinho but they will need to be resolute in defense, so expect Marcelo to replace Coentrao. Alonso and Khedira can assist both attack and defense and either Kaka or Ozil can supply the attack. I would expect Ronaldo and Di Maria to cut in from the wings while Benzema or Higuain will play as a lone striker. This formation can easily become more offensive or defensive as required.
Bayern have their own triple point of attack with Robben and Ribery on either side of Mario Gomez. Gomez has scored more champion`s league goals than anyone bar Messi so he will be a real threat. A score draw tonight would be a great result.