Barcelona wasted an enormous probability to go high of the desk and stamp their authority within the race for the La Liga title due to a surprising loss to Granada at dwelling, however as soon as the mud settles and the anger dissipates you will need to understand that Barça stay very a lot alive within the hunt for the league championship.
The loss does imply that Barça not rely solely on their very own outcomes, however they continue to be simply two factors behind leaders Atlético Madrid and equal on factors with second place Actual Madrid. As a result of the head-to-head document is the primary tiebreaker in La Liga and Barça misplaced the 2 video games in opposition to Actual this season, they can’t end with the identical quantity of factors as Los Blancos.
For that purpose, Barça should win their remaining 5 video games and depend on Madrid drawing as soon as (assuming Actual win the opposite 4) to complete forward of them. As a result of Barça face Atlético subsequent week and easily want a win to overhaul the Colchoneros for good, the race is absolutely in opposition to Actual — so long as Barça don’t have one other Granada catastrophe and do their homework within the last 5 matches.
And the potential for a Madrid draw is sort of excessive. Along with a plethora of accidents and a squad operating very low on vitality with a Champions League semi-final second leg in opposition to Chelsea to return subsequent week, Madrid face a tricky schedule to complete the season. They play Osasuna this weekend, then it’s fourth-place Sevilla at dwelling, Barça conquerors Granada away, Athletic Bilbao away and Villarreal at dwelling.
Barça have Valencia away, the season-defining conflict with Atlético at dwelling, then Levante away, Celta Vigo at dwelling and Eibar away on the final day. Barça actually have a extra favorable schedule on paper, however the whole lot hinges on that Atlético recreation.
Successful at Valencia on Sunday is completely essential not solely to keep away from making their job even tougher, however to enter the most important week of the season in good spirits. In the event that they do win, Barça will nonetheless be alive, after which it’s all about rooting in opposition to Actual Madrid.
That shouldn’t be too onerous.