Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to get carried away after his side moved two points clear of Barcelona at the top of the Spanish La Liga on Sunday.
Los Blancos were level on points with the Blaugrana after the previous matchday, but they took the first position on the virtue of the better head-to-head record this season.
Quique Setien’s side had the opportunity to put the pressure on Los Blancos with a victory at Celta Vigo on Saturday, but they failed to do so after nemesis Iago Aspas scored a late goal in a 2-2 draw.
As a result, the Madrid giants managed to bridge a two-point gap at the top of the table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Espanyol, where Karim Benzema produced one of the moments of the season.
The Frenchman has been in fine scoring touch for Los Blancos this term, but against Espanyol, he came up with a superb backheel assist for Casemiro, who tapped home the winning goal from six yards out before the half-time interval.
With six games remaining, the capital outfit are in a good position to win their first league title in three seasons, but Zidane has refused to get carried away and believes the winner will be decided on the final day of the campaign.
“I’m not taking notice that we’re winning La Liga, this will be decided on the final day [of the season]. Look how difficult it was to play against the bottom team. You never know in this league,” He told after the game via Marca.
Zidane’s side have won each of their five La Liga games since the resumption of the season after the COVID-19 break and they require a maximum of 16 points from the next six matches to be assured of the title.
This means that they can afford to draw one of their remaining games and still finish ahead on the head-to-head statistic. Barcelona have a testing challenge against Atletico Madrid at home on Tuesday night.
On the other hand, Real Madrid will be in action against Getafe at the Bernabeu on Thursday. The pressure will definitely be on the holders, who have drawn two of their previous three games.
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