The seasons in Spain come and go but, once again, the race for LaLiga looks to be between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Although there are still 15 matchdays remaining until the end of the competition, the two clubs have put a big red circle in their calendars around the first day of March. At 21:00 that is when the Bernabéu Clásico pits the two heavyweights together, with memories of the first ‘leg’ still fresh in the mind.
Los Blancos will welcome – in the loosest of meanings – the Barça players to their home conscious of its importance but without taking their eyes off the two league games that lie between now and then. Celta Vigo are first up, at home, before a visit to Levante. Quique Setién, likewise, will keep his immediate focus on third-placed Getafe and then Eibar, both at the Camp Nou, before their trip to the capital. And once El Clásico is out of the way, Barça would appear to have the more difficult games still to come with a trip to Sevilla (5th place) and Villarreal (8th). In addition, they will host Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou at the end of April.
Arguably a positive, at least keeping things on a level playing field for the league, both sides were eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the quarter-finals, which has cleared their schedules of the two-legged semi. Both sides now have eight matches left at home and seven away. Of the current top nine in LaLiga, Zinedine Zidane’s team can look at the most complicated visits to Anoeta and San Mamés to face Athletic.
If Madrid or Barça were to reach the Champions League final in Istanbul on 30 May, from the past weekend’s fixtures they would play 23 games in 111 days (one every 4.8 days).
LaLiga schedule for Real Madrid and Barcelona
|26||1 Mar||**MADRID vs BARÇA**|
|27||8 Mar||Betis||Real Soc.|
|30||5 Apr||Real S.||Sevilla|
Home games in bold