Barca have lost their advantage in the La Liga championship race against Real Madrid after continuously stumbling since the return of the season.
If Barca lose the La Liga championship this season, they have to blame themselves for dropping the advantage in the race with Real Madrid.
Before the campaign came back, Barca was 2 points ahead of Real Madrid but at the present time, it is inferior to the same opponent. This was the result of Messi and his teammates being drawn by Sevilla and Celta Vigo, while Real Madrid won 5 matches.
Most regrettably, Barca has to lose the last minute victory at Celta Vigo. Before Aspas equalized, Messi twice assisted Luis Suarez to score, including the situation of fooling the opponent’s defense when investig a direct free kick.
After all, Barca is not only inferior in terms of scores compared to Real Madrid but also disadvantage in terms of sub-index. Specifically, in case of equal points in the final rankings, the Catalan team still has to be ranked behind due to poor confrontation (lost to Real Madrid 0-2 and draw 0-0).
Thus, Real Madrid with the latest victory over Espanyol is in control of themselves before the last 8 rounds with 71 points. both they and Barca have 3 home matches and 3 away games.
However, both have schedules with some dangerous opponents. Real Madrid will face European football teams such as Villarreal, Getafe, Bilbao, as well as relegation: Leganes.
For its part, Barca prepare to face the biggest obstacle is Atletico Madrid, then Villarreal is not easy either.
Barca can beat Espanyol, Valladolid, Osasuna, Alaves but clearly the risk of losing points lies in two matches against Atletico and Villarreal. If that happens, it will be the end of Quique Setien’s teachers and students.