MADRID (AP) – Barcelona visits Levante in search of a victory that will make its rivals nervous as the third-to-last date of one of the most contested Spanish soccer championships in a long time kicks off on Tuesday.
“We can take the lead and put pressure on the others,” declared Blaugrana coach Ronald Koeman on Monday.
Barcelona is not dependent on itself after missing golden opportunities to snatch the lead from Atlético de Madrid. They are two points behind Atlético, sharing second place with Real Madrid, after losing to Granada and drawing the weekend 0-0 with the leader.
Atlético de Madrid has a tough commitment on Wednesday with Real Sociedad, fifth in the table and fighting for the Europa League qualification, while Real Madrid will face Granada on Thursday. The merengue team comes from a 2-2 draw with Sevilla.
Atlético de Madrid let slip a comfortable lead that it had at the top of the table and now fight to see if it can resist the onslaught of Barcelona and Real Madrid, although they too are faltering in the final stretch.
Real Sociedad appears as the hardest commitment of the last three for Atlético, which will later face Osasuna (12th) and Valladolid that is struggling to remain in the first division.
Barcelona is the one with the clearest panorama. Levante is 14th and in the two final dates they will face Celta Vigo (8th) and Eibar (last).
The one with the ugliest is Real Madrid, which after facing Granada ((9th, executioner of Barcelona two dates ago) will collide with the always difficult Athletic Bilbao (10th) and Villarreal (6th, fighting to qualify for the Europa League) .
The league “is no longer up to us, but we are going to fight to the end,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who complained bitterly about refereeing against Sevilla after seeing a video of a sequel in which he was denied a penalty. his team to give one to Sevilla with the match tied 1-1.
The referee charged a penalty for a foul on Karim Benzema after a counterattack, but the VAR annulled that play because he conceded a penalty to Sevilla for a controversial hand by Eder Militao in the action prior to Benzema’s counterattack.
Barcelona is looking for its third title in the last four seasons, but the company looks tough. Not only is he two points behind the leader, but he had poor results against Atlético and Real Madrid, and would lose out if he finished tied on points with either of them.
“We are going to fight until the last second to win the League,” said Koeman. “It is not in our hands, but we do not have to make any more mistakes.”
Sevilla is also mathematically in the fight for the title, although six points behind Atlético.