After a tumultuous few months for Barcelona which was marred by the ongoing saga between Luis Enrique and Lionel Messi, as well as disappointing performances in both La Liga and the Champions League, things finally seem to be looking up for the Blaugraunes. FC Barca looked the complete outfit in yesterday’s 5-0 victory over a hapless Levante side, whilst their rivals in the capital Real, won out unconvincingly against midtable Deportivo.
As we approach the business end of the season, there is just 1 point in it between Barca and Real at the top of the La Liga table and online bookmaker William Hill, a company which also specialises in Cheltenham festival betting odds make Luis Enrique’s side even money to reclaim their La Liga title from Atletico Madrid.
However, with Diego Simeone’s side losing out at Celta Vigo yesterday, they are now 7 points adrift in this season’s title race and look to have all but failed in their quest to defend their La Liga title. The odds certainly reflect this, they’re not as high as 33/1 to win the Primera Division this season.
With all that being said, it wouldn’t be premature to call this season’s battle for domestic silverware a two horsed race. But whilst Barca seem to be back to their best – even Luis Suarez is hitting his best form after this sumptuous bicycle kick yesterday – their rivals in the capital are coming under fire from their ever hard to please fans, with Gareth Bale taking the brunt of abuse in recent times following his lacklustre display in his side’s 4-0 defeat to Atletico last week.
15 games remain in Spain’s top tier and whilst we don’t doubt the title race will inevitably go down to the wire, a 1 point advantage for Real at this stage won’t bring much piece of mind to Ancelotti’s men, especially when they’ve seen the improvement shown by their rivals over in Catalonia.