Real Madrid had the Madrid town hall and the open-top bus booked as the entire unit anticipated that the Spanish powerhouse would secure their 31st La Liga title this Sunday.
FC Barcelona’s 2-0 defeat to Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday did appear to prove that Madrid were right in preparing for the celebrations but Villarreal spoiled the party by winning 1-0 away at Real Betis.
That rendered Real’s 3-0 thumping of Basque rivals at the Bernabeu not enough to secure them their second Spanish league championship triumph in a row. At the moment, los Merengues are 10 points ahead of second place Villarreal and win next weekend would certainly hand them th title irrespective of resuults elsewhere.
Real coach Bernd Schuster of course would’ve liked to have wrapped up the title conquest this weekend and rues:
“Personally, I would have liked to have won the league after this game because everything was ready. The public were expecting it and there was a great atmosphere. It was the perfect day. But we depended on other results and could not do it.
“What was most important though was our scoreline. We should never expect anything and it al depends on us now.
“This was not one of our best games of the season, but it was a good performance. It was important to respond to a difficult situation. At times it could be a problem to know the other results and know that you cannot win the title.
“I thought that may happen in this game, but the team reacted well from the start we are all happy because it was a difficult game and because we are now even closer.”
Anyway, Real Madrid are guaranteed—okay, almost guaranteed–of winning the title this season. It’s only a matter of time and nothing more.