The opportunity will be available for Real Madrid today, Saturday, to rise to the top temporarily when it hosts Real Betis VI, which in turn seeks to secure a place in the European League «Europa League» next season, and puts pressure on Atletico and Barcelona, who play their matches on Sunday. The Royal Club will receive Betis in its last test before Chelsea hosted it in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final round on Tuesday at the “Alfredo Di Stefano” stadium.
The French coach Zinedine Zidane’s team is achieving remarkable levels, as it has not lost any of its last 16 matches in all competitions, and returned to the winning streak in the league in the previous stage by sweeping away its host Kadesh with three goals after a negative draw against Getafe. The capital team will once again count on its wonderful French striker Karim Benzema, who has a double against Cadiz, as he is the second highest scorer in the “League” this season with 21 goals behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (25).
He returned to the ranks of Real, his French defender Rafael Varane, after recovering from the Corona virus, and right-back Danny Carvajal after recovering from a muscle injury in his thigh. Real Madrid had won an arduous and exciting victory over Betis 3-2 away from home, with a late goal from its captain Sergio Ramos, from a penalty kick, after the Andalusian club had completed the meeting with ten players in the last 23 minutes, noting that it is in today’s match in the absence of Frenchman Nabil Fakir due to suspension.
Atletico was the only one at the top after beating Huesca 2-0 on Thursday, achieving its second successive victory and 22nd this season in the league. Atlético realizes that a mistake is forbidden, especially after it wasted more than ten points at the top of the standings before losing it after a series of modest results. The task will not be easy for its host Athletic Bilbao, the tenth, although the Basque club did not know the taste of victory in its last five matches in the league (five draws) and its fall in the final of the Spanish Cup last Saturday with a quarter-clean defeat in front of Barcelona, it was his second in two weeks after he also fell in The postponed final of last season against Real Sociedad.
“Starting with the Real Betis match (a tie in the 30th stage), the team entered into resistance,” Argentine coach Diego Simeone said after winning Thursday. And I think that feeling has multiplied since, as we saw during this match. Our recent matches have witnessed great stability and development ». “Tomorrow the Bilbao match will occupy our minds. The last five stages will be crucial for the four teams to finish the season, and the four will definitely try to reach the final race in the best way. (LaLiga) is very difficult, and we cannot be complacent now. ” Atletico missed many of its members, such as the Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, the Portuguese Joao Felix and the Frenchman, Toma Lemar, with injuries.
After losing El Clasico in the league, Barcelona rose up by winning the Spanish Cup for the 31st time in its history before honoring its guest Getafe, beating it 5-2 Thursday to tighten the screws on the poles of the capital, keeping its hopes for achieving the cup and the league double. The Catalan club is on Villarreal, the seventh, and its coach Unai Emery, who is struggling for the European League positions, noting that he faces his former club, Arsenal, in the semi-finals of the European League and hosts it on Thursday.
Messi was once again the star of the match, scoring two goals and another industry, strengthening his position at the top of the scorers. It was the third double in five matches for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, and the 33rd goal in various competitions with his club this season. Messi, along with Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, is the only player from the five major European leagues who scored at least 25 goals in the league in 12 seasons during this century, according to the Opta Statistics website.
“This decision is in the hands of Messi,” said Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, the Catalan club’s coach, after beating Getafe on renewing Messi’s contract, which expires in June. He is a great player, sometimes he may lose his focus a little, but this does not appear in his performance and effectiveness; That is why he is the best player in the world. ” “The team needs it, and I hope it will last for several years,” he said.