Can Real Madrid stop Barcelona in La Liga 2019-20?
La Liga 2019-20 season is set to return on June 11 after a three-month hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic. 11 rounds of fixtures are to be played. The Spanish top-flight was suspended in mid-March but the government authorized the return of professional sport from June 8 onwards. We analyze whether Real Madrid can stop Barcelona this season.
Barcelona and Real are separated by just two points
Barcelona top the standings after 27 matches in La Liga. The defending champions have 58 points and have scored the most goals this season (63). They have a goal difference of +32. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are second (56 points). Los Blancos have conceded the least number of goals this season (19). They have scored 49 goals and have a goal difference of +30.
Real need to fire from the word go
Real Madrid need their top players to find their feet from the word go. The likes of Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale haven't made much impact this season and Zidane will hope to have them 100% ready. Defensive wise, Real have been strong and that's a major plus. Los Blancos have a relatively easier run of games in the remainder of the season.
Real need to stop Barca from winning third successive title
If Barcelona lift La Liga 2019-20 title, this would be their third successive honor. They have achieved this feat twice earlier. Real need to find a way and stop Barca. They last won La Liga under current manager Zinedine Zidane (2016-17).
Real will be hoping to fight till the end
Barca have two difficult ties in the form of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. If they slip up here, this will give Real plenty of confidence. Barca will be relying heavily on talisman Lionel Messi, who is the leading scorer this season. The crucial factor here for Real will be to win one game at a time and take the fight till the end.
Real can pip Barca to win 34th La Liga honor
Given the run of games both teams have in store, Real will fancy their chances. They know the gap is minimal in terms of points. Moreover, Zidane has won plenty of trophies as Real manager and his experience will prove to be handy.