La Liga Desk, Fixtures & Outcomes: Title will keep in Madrid, Lionel Messi may need performed his final sport for Barcelona
The 2020/21 La Liga season is coming to an end as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid compete in a thrilling title race.
Regardless of what happens on the last day of the campaign, the league crown will remain in the capital.
Barcelona and Seville have already qualified for next season’s Champions League group stage, but all the attention will be focused on the Madrid team in this exciting season finale.
Before kick-off, Atletico was leading one of the most exciting title races in Spain in recent years and had a two-point advantage over city rivals Real.
Zinedine Zidane hopes to make history
Real are looking for championship titles in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007/08 and are entering Matchday 38 to overcome a two-point deficit against Atletico.
Despite their imperial Champions League run during Zidane’s first tenure as manager, Los Blancos was unable to establish long-term dominance in the league.
In fact, the Frenchman could be the first manager in the new millennium to lead Real to successive championship titles. The last coach to achieve such a feat was Leo Beenhakker in the ninth decade of the 20th century.
Although the result of the title race is far beyond his control, Zidane will do everything in his power to beat Villarreal at home on Saturday.
The 48-year-old can look back on an almost perfect lead against the Yellow Submarine in the league, having suffered only one defeat in his nine such competitions (W4, D4).
Diego Simeone has a point to prove against Valladolid
Simeone has helped Atletico establish themselves as an integral part of the La Liga top 4 since arriving at the top in 2011. From his first full season to that point, the Argentine Los Colchoneros has resulted in a top four total of nine campaigns.
With the exception of the triumph in La Liga 2013/14, Simeone did not underpin his masterclass with enough home cutlery. If the game against Osasuna was a character test last time, his team got the grade.
After falling behind in the 75th minute, Los Rojiblancos picked himself up and orchestrated one of the league’s most breathtaking comebacks of the season. Renan Lodi and Luis Suarez led Atletico to a decisive 2-1 win at Wanda Metropolitano and brought Simeone’s team into the trophies of long-awaited league success.
Atletico have complete control over their own destiny as a win against relegation-threatened Valladolid in the ultimate showdown would secure them the coveted La Liga title.
Was Lionel Messi’s last game for Barcelona a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo?
Barcelona head to the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua to meet the already doomed Eibar without their headliner Lionel Messi.
The Catalan heavyweights gave the 33 year old compassionate vacation from attending training prior to their trip to Ipurua.
After falling from the title race, Messi has received permission from Ronald Koeman to skip the game against the last Eibar on Saturday.
Such a decision has sparked rumors of Argentina’s much-anticipated withdrawal from Camp Nou. With less than a few months to complete his contract in Catalonia, Messi may have played his last game for Blaugrana.
Although many thought Joan Laporta’s arrival in place of Josep Maria Bartomeu would give a huge boost to Barcelona’s hopes of keeping their best player, the club haven’t yet tied the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to a new deal.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, we may not have to wait long to find out where Messi’s future lies.
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