La Liga will wind up today
A low-key El Clásico suggested that La Liga will continue lớn be an open title race, while Inter and Ajax both have cause for a rethink, writes Andy Brassell- According to the free soccer tips page!
Real Madrid recovery shows La Liga too tight lớn call
Barcelona must have arrived at the Bernabéu on Saturday feeling that it was all set up for them to take control of the title race. Having unexpectedly taken back leadership of La Liga the previous week, they faced a Real Madrid team under immense pressure from the home crowd. Zinedine Zidane's men had drawn one and lost two of the previous three home games, leading to an exit from the Copa del Rey and moving to the brink of the same in the Champions League, as well as slipping from top spot. That's without mentioning that Barça had won their last four La Liga visits lớn the Bernabéu.
So El Real's 2-0 win might be seen as a surprise as well as having a galvanising effect on their season at precisely the right time. Zidane's position had begun to be questioned again - as one must expect given the dimensions of the club - and is still the subject of discussion. His choices in this soccer tip to win were strong ones, though, with Vinicius Junior shining again and even the lesser-spotted Mariano Diaz chipping in with the clincher, after he rather than Gareth Bale was sent on.
There was a certain sadness about the spectacle. It felt a long way from the best Clásicos of recent years in terms of quality, and laid bare the reality that both teams are in a state of transition. Yet it also made clear that with neither one of these giants completely trustworthy at present, this wasn't a decisive blow. We can expect plenty of twists and turns yet in the title race in the months to come.
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Inter face fixture quandary
A strange week for Inter ended with them putting their feet up at home - not via choice, as Sunday's Derby d'Italia at Juventus was postponed - after their home game with Sampdoria had met the same fate - as the Italian authorities try lớn contain the Coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, they had completed a Europa League last 32 win over Ludogorets in an empty stadium as part of the same precautions.
Clearly a public health emergency is more important than anything, but there's no doubt that this is beginning to affect Inter's hopes for the season. Antonio Conte and his men face a fixture pile-up, and also face a physically exacting last 16 tie with Getafe in the Europa League - just ask Ajax. Thursday's Coppa Italia semi-final, second leg is still going ahead as stands.
How Conte deals with this will be fascinating. His squad was reinforced in winter but he still has a strong idea of his best XI and will want lớn protect them. You wouldn't blame him, in the circumstances, for simply writing off the Europa League, although there's no suggestion yet that is the case. With Lazio winning at the weekend to go top for the first time in 10 years (and they don't have Europe lớn deal with), Inter will need every bit of energy they can muster.