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Real Madrid in grave danger of throwing away the La Liga title

Thursday 2nd March 2017
For the second game running, it took a late show from Real Madrid to salvage a result from the jaws of defeat. This time, they overturned a 3-1 deficit to finish 3-3 at home to a Las Palmas side who had suffered four defeats on the bounce prior to Wednesday's meeting.

Real Madrid looked to have the La Liga title race wrapped up at the turn of the year, but the wins have dried up and their demise has seen the resurgence of defending champions Barcelona to make it an enthralling chase for the crown this season.

Real threw away an unassailable lead

Real Madrid are currently second in the Spanish La Liga table with 56 points from 24 games this season, having dropped points in two of their last three games. Zinedine Zidane's men are one place and one point below defending champions Barcelona with a game in hand, but they should have been home and dry given the lead they previously held over the chasing pack.

In mid-December, Real Madrid were six points clear of Barcelona in the table, had taken a point against their title rivals at the Nou Camp and were still unbeaten going into the new year. A month later, before they suffered their first defeat of the season, Los Blancos were two clear of Barca with two games in hand – potentially opening up an eight-point gap – but now the pendulum has swung to the defending champions.

It's a disastrous situation for Real and their performances have echoed the nervous nature of a title-race slipping out of their hands. The Spanish giants have looked shaky in defence and haven't been playing any sort of attractive or convincing football in recent weeks. They are now behind Barcelona going into the next round of games, and could be in for a tough weekend when they travel to face high-flying Eibar.

Barcelona form and Eibar to come could spell the end for Real

Eibar are not to be underestimated when the two sides lock horns at the Municipal de Ipurua on Saturday afternoon. On home soil, only Real, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla have won more games than Eibar. Away from home, Zidane's men have picked up just two wins from their last seven in all competitions. An upset is certainly on the cards and should results go against them, Barcelona could go five points clear at the summit with Real unable to leapfrog them in their game in hand.

And the form of the Blaugrana will be worrying to Los Blancos. Barcelona haven't given up on the title and every Real slip-up will give them more motivation as they approach the business end. Luis Enrique has recently announced he won't be in charge of the club next season but his side are fighting harder than ever to make sure he ends his successful spell at the Nou Camp with another league title. Barca have won three on the bounce after going all but out of the Champions League (Last-16, 1st leg: Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Barcelona), beating the likes of Atletico Madrid on the road and most recently thrashing Sporting Gijon 6-1.

Wednesday's draw with Las Palmas saw Real ship three goals for the second time this year, and Zidane's men have now conceded seven times in their last three in all competitions. The title is slipping out of their grasp.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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