Real home in on first LaLiga title in 5 years

MADRID • Real Madrid are poised to win a first LaLiga title in five years today with Zinedine Zidane's men holding a three-point lead over Barcelona (87) heading into the final day of the season.

Barca need to beat Eibar at home to have any chance of a third straight title in outgoing coach Luis Enrique's final game in charge.

However, Real have looked in ominous form as they edged towards the title by thrashing both Sevilla and Celta Vigo 4-1 in the past week with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in both games.

The Portuguese forward will be looking to build on his stunning record of 13 goals in his last eight games when his side visit Malaga.

"We still have one game to go," Ronaldo said on ESPN. "We know we have to keep going until the end. Malaga will be strong in their home.

"But we must think about ourselves and trust in ourselves that we can win it. We are going there to win the game, that is always the objective of this team. We are Real Madrid and we must show we are the best team and the champions."

Real have lost just three league games all season and it would be a huge shock if 11th-placed Malaga denied them at the final hurdle.

Malaga though, are one of LaLiga's form sides having picked up 13 points from their last five games. The Andalusians also did Real a huge favour by beating Barcelona 2-0 last month.

But Malaga's attitude will be under the spotlight amid controversy surrounding their coach Michel.

The former Madrid favourite admitted he wanted the title decided before his old side visited as he would have preferred to give them a "guard of honour" over dealing Real's chances "a blow".

Zidane is expected to name an unchanged side with a two-week break to come before Real face Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 21, 2017, with the headline 'Real home in on first LaLiga title in 5 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe