Real prospect of a league and cup double

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Barcelona's superior head-to-head record against Los Blancos means if Madrid lose against Malaga, the title will instead be flown to the Nou Camp.

"This squad deserves to take the title in LaLiga, but we will head there and will be gracious because we are aware that it will be tough".

Win their next game after that and they could well claim a league and European Cup double for the first time in 59 years.

The game against Celta was originally scheduled to be played on February 5 but was postponed because heavy winds damaged the roof of the Balaidos, making it unsafe for players and spectators.

On Wednesday night they finally met, two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and one each from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos giving them a 4-1 win.

Everyone expects Real Madrid to wrap up the La Liga title on Sunday when they travel to Malaga - especially as their opponents are managed by Michel, who spent 20 years with the Madrid club.

"Malaga is a good team, but we are Real Madrid and we have to show that we are the better team and that we want to be the champions", Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo lashed into the near corner from outside the area to put Real in charge in the 10th minute with a goal that moved him ahead of former England striker Jimmy Greaves as the alltime leading scorer in Europe's top five leagues on 367 goals.

United, criticized for playing cautiously under Mourinho, has scored just two goals in its last five games.

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The team had a shot at the double last season, but failed in the home league and triumphed in the Champions League.

His second goal came three minutes into the second half when he latched on to a pass from the impressive Isco.

Iago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidetti's deflected effort.

The Frenchman's rotation policy was criticised early in the season after four straight draws but has paid off with Real hitting their peak in the final run-in, having also reached the Champions League final in June against Juventus.

"We played with incredible attitude and personality", said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

"But the most hard part is still to come even though we're getting closer (to the title) every day".

"In the second-half we controlled the game more because the first-half it was end-to-end which isn't our game".

The victory at Celta in a game postponed from February because of bad weather gave Madrid a three-point lead over Barcelona, which hosts eighth-place Eibar in its final match on Sunday.

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