So typically over the years Barcelona and Real Madrid have fought it out between themselves for the Liga title, cruising to 95-plus factors whereas everybody else battles to be the most effective of the remaining.
However, with 10 video games to go this season, Atletico Madrid sit prime of the desk in what appears like a yr when 85 factors could be sufficient to safe the silverware.
It is set to be the closest-run title race for a while, with simply six factors separating first from third, and all three sides harbouring aspirations of glory.
Atletico journey to fourth-placed Sevilla on Sunday in what’s, on paper, one in every of their hardest remaining video games.
“Everyone knows that leagues are won in this part of the season,” Atletico captain Koke mentioned.
“We can’t take into consideration if we’re favourites or not, however folks will possibly say it for the factors scenario. Barca and Madrid are two of the most effective sides in the world and they’ll combat till the top for it like we’ll.
“If we don’t win La Liga it would hurt us all. We’ve put so much into this season, we had COVID absentees, injuries, and maybe that’s hurting us a bit now.”
Forward Joao Felix and winger Yannick Carrasco will face late health assessments after selecting up knocks on worldwide responsibility with Portugal and Belgium respectively.
Barca, who sit 4 factors behind Atleti in second, can have the prospect to capitalise on any slip-up on Monday once they host Real Valladolid.
Ronald Koeman’s facet are the shape crew in Spain, having not misplaced in La Liga since December and successful 15 of their 18 video games since.
Third-placed Real, six factors off the tempo, host Eibar, who sit in the relegation zone, on Saturday forward of subsequent week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg towards Liverpool.