Barcelona returned from Las Palmas having done their job, beating Quique Setien’s side and ensuring the title race goes to the final day of the season.
The heavyweights in the dressing room are aware that winning La Liga is “very difficult” but there’s still a chance that Real Madrid slip up in their final two games.
The team are clear that they will not slip up again, though, in their final game against Eibar. As one influential person inside the dressing room told: “This year we have given away too many presents.”
Of the two games Madrid have left, the big hope inside the Blaugrana dressing room is the game which will be played at Celta Vigo this Wednesday, due to Celta’s quality and the circumstances which surround it.
Remember that the initial game was called off due to the weather in Galicia, despite the pressure Celta were being put under by Madrid to play the game – something which was denounced by the mayor of Vigo, Abel Caballero.
Celta Vigo and Malaga are clearly in charge of Barcelona’s LaLiga title battle, making for an interesting twist of fate given that the mid-table duo stung the Azulgrana earlier in the season.
Real Madrid have to take four points from their trips to Estadio Balaidos and La Rosaleda in the coming week to seal the title, and Luis Enrique knows just how difficult a prospect that is.
Looking back at Barcelona’s excursions to the northern and southern extremes of the Spanish mainland, one gets a sense that the Catalans were shellshocked by key moments going their opposition’s way.
In Vigo, the home team compounded Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s error to end a potentially vital Blaugrana comeback, having already bagged three goals in 11 first half minutes.
Gerard Pique reduced the arrears late on and almost snatched a point while operating as a makeshift striker, but a 4-3 defeat handed the initiative to Real.
Down in Malaga, the visitors were again left stunned by Neymar’s red card that stopped any attempt of overturning former forward Sandro’s opener and Jony sealed the 2-0 win late on.
Now Barcelona are entrusted with a Malaga contingent led by former Madrid star Michel, helming a historical Real squad that features Juankar, Luis Hernandez, Diego Llorente, Miguel Torres and Jose Rodriguez.
An interesting twist of fate, indeed.