Real Madrid have quite a different scenario from last season. This time around, Barcelona is looking up to Los Blancos, who have a four-point lead in Spain's La Liga. Real Madrid at one point did have a 12-point lead of the league and seemed to be in total control, but after a string of bad results, they find themselves in a tough situation.
Although Real Madrid are overdue for a title win, Jose Mourinho and company have a tough six games ahead of them.
We all are ready for the upcoming El Clasico match on April 21st, which we can consider a toss-up regarding who wins the game at Camp Nou. Barcelona have been extremely successful in beating Real Madrid in the passed few seasons, but even if they do that now, they still would be one point behind.
Real Madrid will need to be near flawlessly perfect to keep Barcelona off their backs in the other remaining games of the season.
Los Blancos' schedule looks like this:
Home vs. Sporting de Gijon
Away @ Barcelona
Home vs. Sevilla
Away @ Athletic Bilbao
Home vs. Mallorca
Sevilla is always a tough game for any Spanish opponent, and judging by the last beating they got from Madrid, they will be looking for some revenge when they visit the Spanish capital.
The last meeting between the two was in December of 2011 and Real Madrid won 6-2.
Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo scored for Sevilla, while Real Madrid had goal contributions from Callejon, Angel di Maria, Hamit Altintop and a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick.
Although Madrid devastatingly beat Sevilla last round, Los Blancos should not overlook Sevilla's capability of the counter-attack and roster of creative talent.
Athletic Bilbao is having a dream run in the Europa League and are establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with not only in Spain but in Europe as well.
The previous two meeting saw a 0-0 draw and Madrid winning 4-1 at the Bernabeu.
Bilbao is in good form, and Real Madrid's awkward luck lately could send them difficulties in the journey toward the La Liga title.
The only meeting between the two this season saw Real Madrid edge Mallorca 2-1.
Mallorca sit 12th in La Liga and will be Real Madrid final La Liga opponent in the 2011-12 season.
This could ultimately be the game that decides Madrid's entire season, pending the result of El Clasico.