May 10, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Sunday’s visit to Celta Vigo, having injured himself in Wednesday’s outing. That means los blancos will be without their top scorer in a match that’s essential to their pursuit of the Spanish title.
It’s been said that no one really wants the La Liga title. After all, last weekend a last minute goal from Getafe meant Barcelona picked up just a point. Then Atlético Madrid lost 2-0 to mid-table side Levante. Real Madrid followed all this up with a 1-1 draw against Valladolid, who’d begun that Wednesday evening in the relegation zone.
What on earth?
Real Madrid are likely kicking themselves for having allowed that late equalizer from Valladolid. Had they managed to keep hold of all three points, they’d be second right now, two points back of their city rivals, Atleti. Instead they’re third, a point behind Barcelona.
That means Real’s fate is no longer in their own hands. Should Atlético beat Málaga, Real would not be able to reach them, and the title would be decided when Atleti visit Barcelona on the final match day.
Still, Los Merengues remain in the race, and they’ll want to do whatever it takes to get the win, just in case the Anchovies give them a hand against Atleti. Real still have firepower from the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. And they just might get a boost from the return of Sami Khedira, who will make his first appearance since picking up an injury on international duty back in November.
- PST Extra: Who are the Premier League’s top offseason acquisitions so far? (video) 0
- Premier League defenders: Who’s in our Top Five? And how to choose just five? 5
- Maps, rivals, stadiums: Location of all 20 Premier League teams for 2015-16 season 4
- On his way out of PSG, should Arsenal or Manchester United sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic? 1
- Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rose to Chelsea, Traore to Liverpool 1
- AZ Alkmaar agree to sell USMNT forward Aron Johannsson to Werder Bremen 3