Real Madrid and Barcelona Still Fighting For the Title

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Real Madrid and Barcelona Still Fighting For the Title

Towards the finishing point of the season, Real Madrid had some poor results that gave Barcelona a seven point lead on top of the table. The way the Catalans were going about their season, it seemed as if they will not let the Los Blancos to catch up to them. However, another draw against Valencia has let Madrid to come right back in and now they maintain pressure on the Blaugranes.

Barcelona is facing some serious problems in their team as they are finding it difficult against some easier teams. For example, on Saturday Barcelona hosted Getafe at Camp Nou, in a match that should have been won easily. However, the only goals for the home side came from Dani Alves and Bojan Krkic, the latter replacing the injured Pedro. There were plenty of opportunities for the Catalans to score more goals but Lionel Messi was denied on a couple of occasions while David Villa struggled with his finishing. Alves came up with an extra-ordinary goal while Bojan needed a big deflection for the second.

On the other hand, Getafe also had plenty of chances in the game but could only score once late in the game. In the end, Barcelona was lucky enough in the match to bag all three points. The main problem for Barcelona remained their defence which gave Getafe more chances than expected. In the absence of Carlos Puyol, Eric Abidal was his replacement but as the Frenchman went out because of liver tumour problem, the duties were entrusted to Gabi Milito.

This is a big problem for Pep Guardiola who has not given ample opportunities to Milito this season. Therefore, the Argentinean centre-half is not playing as confident as he should have been. The only player who has done well is Gerard Pique who continues to impress with his defensive skills. Puyol was known for his last-ditch challenges and tackles under pressure, which is something missing from Barcelona right now. In the first half of the season, the goalkeeper Victor Valdes was rarely called upon to make saves but now he has to remain on his toes as Barcelona looks more vulnerable on breaks.

Apart from this, the strikers are also having problems in finishing the moves. David Villa and Pedro are not doing as well as they should have been. On the contrary, Real Madrid has found Karim Benzema who is scoring more frequently and freely than the way he started this season. The Frenchman was the one who gave his team the lead against Atletico Madrid on the weekend, while Ozil doubled the lead. In the end, Madrid could only manage to win by 2-1, but it was still a better performance than their rivals Barcelona.

However, Real Madrid is also going to face a problem in future that might cause them some points towards the end of their season. Cristiano Ronaldo missed some action for about 10 days because of an injury. He did return to play last two matches for his side, but he has complained about the same problem. Now, he is set to miss some action for the next three weeks, but it totally depends on how quickly he recovers. This means that the forward might miss some important games including the one in the Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur. This might prove to be a bigger blow as Jose Mourinho does not have anyone who can score as consistently as the Portuguese forward.

Nevertheless, both these sides look more vulnerable than they did a couple of months back. This gives their oppositions a real confidence that they can pull at least a point from their games. Both the managers should be under real pressure right now as they need their big players to come back into their top four before the big matches. This would be their only hope to fulfil the promises of winning silverware as the fans have high hopes especially after their brilliant performances at the start of this season.

 

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