Barcelona’s performance this season in the Spanish Primera division has led many to opinion that the Blaugrana giant have sealed the domestic trophy but the stalemate with Getafe on Sunday make it seems as though the La Liga title race is still very much open.
Real Madrid will not be involved considering their huge point deficit and will likely channel their energy on the Champions league, however Athletico Madrid have become the credible challenge to Barcelona for the title.
The Rojiblancos side won on the road at Malaga on Saturday thanks to a first minute goal from Antonio Greizmann to close in on league leaders to 7 points. The victory meant that the club is likely to consolidate on number 2 position before the league season ends.
In the draw with Getafe, Ernesto Valverde’s side lacked the spark and vibe as they failed to break down the away side. Getafe showed a fine display in the game but the game also was a sign that slight fatigue and psychological problem hitting the Barcelona team at the most crucial time of the season and this could allow Athletico Madrid back in contention for the domestic silverware. The seven point lead is the least Barcelona have held since Matchday 16. Barcelona will be going to Eibar with their crucial game against Athletico Madrid coming up 3 games later. The game against Rojiblancos side will have significant impact on the league with difficult games against Sevilla, Valencia and Real Madrid also available. Athletico Madrid arguably have the tougher fixtures with on the road trips to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Camp Nou and Santiago Bernebeu. The Madrid also have tricky away ties at Villareala and Real Sociedad with Simeone tactics likely to be tested in the fixtures.