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92 Points Not Good Enough for Real Madrid to Win La Liga

Stefan GouyetAnalyst IMay 21, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid embraces Jerzy Dudek after Dudek played his last match for Real during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and UD Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Today, the Spanish Primera Division ended. Barcelona, who were already crowned champions, fielded a B-team and beat Malaga, 3-1. Second-placed Real Madrid continued their great scoring form by winning 8-1 against the already-relegated Almeria.

Barcelona probably do deserve the title this season, but Madrid have been great as well. The problem with Real is that they need to be better than "great" for them to win trophies. Barcelona almost never make mistakes in competitions.

So, despite Madrid most likely being the second-best team in the world, they will finish the 2010-11 season with only the Copa Del Rey trophy (which is partly damaged after Sergio Ramos' mistake).

Look at the stats. EPL leaders Manchester United have one game left and have 77 points. Borrusia Dortmund, on top in Germany, finished the season at 75 points. Serie A leaders AC Milan can go to a maximum of 84 points with a win tomorrow. Ligue 1 winners Lille have one game left and have 73 points.

These teams all finished top of their league and none of them finished/can finish with over 85 points. Real Madrid are second in their league and they have a crazy 92 points. Even with that, they cannot win the league.

If Real were in any other league, they would find life much easier. Some people criticize Mourinho for not driving the title to Madrid, but it is certainly not Jose's fault. Last season, Madrid had 96 points and finished behind Barcelona who had 99.

Real Madrid only lost four times this season and tied five. They scored 102 goals, which was seven better than Barcelona (Madrid's eight goals against Almeria is the main reason for this). I'm a Barcelona fan but I admire Madrid's perseverance to win trophies.

When a team is in the same league as Barcelona, it's easy to simply admit defeat. But Real Madrid have tried to weaken Barcelona's monopoly on soccer; they achieved it partly with the Copa Del Rey win, but it will take more for Los Merengues to win the Spanish league.  

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