Spain might have already had its champions crowned, but the race for the second position is still wide open. Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are eyeing to finish the season right below La Liga champions, FC Barcelona.
At present, Los Rojiblancos are at the second position in La Liga with 75 points and Los Blancos are at the third position with 72 games. But Real Madrid have played one less match than Atleti. This determines that there is still a chance for Real to finish second in the table. However, if Zinedine Zidane’s men want to finish near Barcelona, they must win their remaining three matches. If both Atleti and Real the finish season with 81 points, then Los Blancos will be second due to a superior goal difference
Los Merengues are going to play Sevilla tomorrow at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. It is a crucial fixture for Real because, if they lose this match then their chances of finishing second in La Liga will die. The last time when both the clubs met in La Liga, Real Madrid trounced Los Palanganas 5-0. Cristiano Ronaldo, Nacho, Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi got on the scoresheet with the former bagging a brace.
If we consider the current form of Real, then it might turn out to be a one-sided fixture. But the way Sevilla has performed in the Champions League and Copa del Rey this season was exceptional. This is the prime reason why Real Madrid should not take Los Palanganas lightly.
In addition, mathematically Sevilla can finish on the sixth position in La Liga and will qualify for the Europa League next season. But the chances of that happening are low. If Los Palanganas want to finish on the sixth position, then they must win all their remaining fixtures and pray that Villarreal loses all their remaining matches.
Ronaldo won’t be there at Sánchez Pizjuán tomorrow. And that is because of the ankle injury he suffered after scoring a goal in El Clasico. This can turn out to be an advantage for Sevilla as they won’t have to face an in-form CR7.