Valencia Vanquished By Real: It's Not Over Just Yet, Barca
By beating Valencia at El Santiago Bernabeu yesterday afternoon Real Madrid sent out a clear message to league leaders Barcelona: "We're not giving up."
"Los Blancos" secured the comprehensive victory by defeating Unai Emery's third-placed Valencia by two goals to nil. A 25th minute strike by Gonzalo Higuaín broke the deadlock and controversial star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 20th goal in La Liga this season 12 minutes from full-time.
Emery accepted that "El resultado es justo", the result was deserved, and he admitted that Manuel Pellegrini's side were superior.
"Los Che", however, should not be too disappointed over the result as the team from the Mestalla are still five points ahead of their closest pursuers Sevilla CF.
Now Real must prepare for another key weekend in the title-race and a visit to La Romareda where Zaragoza will be looking to gain a result which would dramatically increase their chances of survival.
It will, by no means, be an easy task for "Los Merengues", who now lie just one point behind FC Barcelona thanks to their Saturday stalemate in the Barcelona derby.
Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago spoke to the press after the game and said that the team is very much united, contrary to recent newspaper reports. Real must look now to winning all of their remaining fixtures in order put pressure on their arch-rivals from the Camp Nou.
The situation is clear. If Real finish the season with a grand total of 98 points, the highest number of points that they can now obtain, then Barcelona will only have to draw one game to hand the league title over to their hated enemies.
There is a problem however, as it always seems to be with Real Madrid.
The press are once again bothering the side from the capital city by stirring rumors; Ronaldo's parties on the weekend of the Barcelona home defeat a prime example. There is also the belief that Pellegrini WILL be sacked at the end of the season, despite a possible league title.
It seems that the odds are against Real Madrid, but you just cannot rule them out. It's likely that Barcelona will be looking incredibly insecurely over their shoulders right up until the season has come to a probable dramatic ending.
This one looks like it's going right down to the wire.
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