Not so long ago it seemed unlikely, but, with 12 points still to play for, Real Madrid are just two points behind leaders Atletico and are seriously dreaming of a double.
In an injury plagued season where Los Blancos’ squad has been stretched to the limit, Zinedine Zidane‘s side have given a lesson in resistance and character as they refused to be ruled out.
At one point in the season, Madrid trailed rivals Atletico by double digits in points and in January they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.
On Saturday, however, Zidane’s men made it 19 games without a loss and finished the match against Osasuna with three Castilla players on the pitch, as well as others who had previously been out of the picture such as Alvaro Odriozola.
With a Champions League semi final second leg in London on Wednesday, the double remains a real possibility for Los Blancos in a season which at one point seemed destined to be written off as a disaster.
Some voices suggested that Real Madrid should even throw in the towel in LaLiga Santander in order to focus on Europe but the never-say-die attitude of Zidane‘s team showed that they could go for both.
It has been 13 years since the last time Los Blancos successfully defended a league title, but it remains a possibility this season, along with a 14th Champions League.
After overcoming Osasuna on Saturday, Madrid now turn their attention to a challenging week which could make or break their season.
On Wednesday they face Chelsea with the aggregate score tied at 1-1 and then on Sunday they host Sevilla, who have themselves sneaked into the title race as well.
That match will take place a day after Atletico play at the Camp Nou in another match which could have a huge say in the shape of the top four come the end of the season.
With five, or maybe six, games left of the season, Real Madrid are alive and kicking, but it’s no miracle, it’s thanks to hard work and faith.