Madrid on verge of long-awaited title


"There is still one game to go".

"I don't feel like we're the champions yet, we still need to pick up more points and keep on with what we're doing".

The game had been due to take place in February but was rescheduled after the roof of the Balaidos stadium was damaged in a storm.

The European champion leads Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now needs to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure its first league title in five years.

While he started off by admitting that it was more a hope rather than a genuine possibility, he singled out Winks as he has clearly seen enough of him to suggest that his technical ability and all-round quality would see him excel at Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Once again the Portuguese forward made the difference as he took his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games with early strikes in each half.

Zinedine Zidane's side are now top of the table, three points ahead of Barcelona heading into the final batch of fixtures.

Madrid lost 2-0, while Barcelona won at home against Real Sociedad, 1-0, prompting another massive celebration at the Nou Camp.

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Meanwhile, ex-Barca prospect Sandro Ramirez is a major threat in front of goal, having found the net 14 times in La Liga this season, per

The contest slipped into lethargy for a period before the referee ejected Aspas - Celta's top scorer - in the 62nd minute on a second yellow card.

Even with 10 men, Celta did manage to pull a goal back in the 69th minute, when John Guidetti's effort deflected past the helpless Keylor Navas off Ramos.

Real's apex predator looks sharp, hungry and showing absolutely no signs of slowing down in the dying weeks of the season as Los Blancos look to wrap the campaign in style by sealing the Liga and Champions League double.

If Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final then the team which finishes seventh will gain qualification for the tournament in any case, because one spot is allocated to the Spanish Cup winners and the Catalans will be in the Champions League.

"We had to go until the end, the game has been very good and we played well, but we know that Malaga are strong at home".

"The most hard part is still to come even though we're getting closer [to the title] every day", he said. We also have a very good and young squad. "We will have to give our all on Sunday".