Real Madrid ended February with a 3-2 win over Villarreal, reversing a 2-0 deficit by scoring three goals in the second half to win the game and regain their top spot. Earlier that week they had lost 2-1 against Valencia allowing Barcelona to close the gap on them and just last night Los Blancos had to fight back from 3-1 down with only 10 men on the field to end up drawing 3-3 against Las Palmas. Barcelona on their behalf were ruthless scoring six goals against Sporting Gijon.
Barcelona now lead the La Liga table with 57 points, Real Madrid sit just one point behind them although Zinedine Zidane’s side has played one game less than Luis Enrique’s but considering his club’ current form, their title charge could be in jeopardy. The title race is officially back on, even though it was never called off. Despite the frenzy and drama that surrounded Barcelona following their 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, the Catalans are now on an 18-game unbeaten run in La Liga and have won their last five matches in the league. Domestically, they are dominating and they’re close to winning the Copa del Rey as long as the don’t falter against Deportivo Alaves.
The build-up to next month’s Clasico couldn’t have been better. Real Madrid have dropped five points in the past three matches allowing Barcelona to catch some ground. However, it’s not all disaster at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid may have let him plenty of goals recently but their fighting spirit has proved to be vital. Their second half performance is worth noting as they’ve been able to score late goals. Cristian Ronaldo is back to performing well, he’s now at 18 goals in the league, just three behind Leo Messi. Defensively, Real Madrid may be fourth best but in terms of attack, they’re second only to Barcelona.
Zinedine Zidane still has one game in hand and winning it could get his team back on top of the league but Barcelona’s failure in Europe means that they will be prepared to play their best in next month’s Clasico. The two sides badly need a win, Real Madrid have not won the league in five years now while Barcelona are hoping to cover up for their European failure for a second year running by winning the league for a third consecutive time.