On Saturday 19:00 (Spanish time), the title race for La Liga’s title will officially be over. Following Atletico Madrid’s shocking loss against Levante, Barcelona and Real Madrid are left alone fighting for the league title. The two teams will play their final league game at 17:00, Barcelona travel to the south to meet Granada while Real Madrid travel to the other side of the country to La Coruña to face Deportivo. At the moment, the title is in Barcelona’s hands but any point dropped could cost the Catalans heavily in case Real Madrid manages to win their game.
Barcelona already beat Granada 4-0 at home and the Andalusian side is safe from relegation with one game to go but this doesn’t mean that they won’t be aiming to finish the season with a big win at home. Likewise, Deportivo have avoided relegation too but they want to please their fans before putting an end to their season. Only one point separates the top two sides and Barcelona can afford to lose the match if Real Madrid failed to win but they will be hoping to dictate their own destiny and retain the title for yet another year.
No matter which side emerges as the Liga’s champion next Saturday, both sides will still play a final after that. Real Madrid face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final while Barcelona face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final. Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique have been quite competitive this season in what is arguably the world’s best league. In recent years, Spanish teams have dominated European football: Real Madrid won an all-Spanish Champions League final in 2014, Barcelona won the competition in 2015 and this season Real and Atletico meet again in the final. In the Europa League, Sevilla won the previous two editions and are in the final this year.
Spanish football has proved that it is beyond a two-team competition. The competition is increasing and so is the quality but Barcelona and Real Madrid remain the world’s biggest two clubs as things stand. This weekend, Luis Enrique has the chance to retain a title or gift it to Zidane. All we can do is turn on two TVs and watch the games simultaneously and hope the better team wins.