The best in La Liga? Spare me the hassle, its got to be Barcelona!
Well, that's exactly what you would have gotten out of me, if you had asked me at the start of the season. In fact, this would have been the case, until the very unfortunate return of illness to Barca Boss Tito Vilanova. The Catalans have been suffering the worst form encountered this season on the pitch, with only five wins in 12.
So this begs the question: who is actually the best in La Liga? Barcelona, Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid?
Consistency has been a real up and down issue for La Liga, with Atletico putting away three points week in and week out, until Kazan caused a mighty stutter in Simeone's Madrid side in the Europa league, just a few weeks ago, the very same cup they had won just last year.
Then again, they have certainly been the most consistent in recent times in relation to Real and Barcelona. Real having lost to a Getafe side, then went on to take two wins from two El Clasicos in a row.
So we've established Atletico, Real and Barcelona all lack in consistency, (in the last few months of course). However, could this be the start of a downfall for the worldwide power of Barcelona?
From the last few fixtures, if Real bag a great manager, in my view they will go on to win La Liga, simply due to their ability to be strong in hard times. A few months ago, people were talking about how Real had no youngsters coming into the first team.
Just a few months on, they have prospects in the form of Rafael Varane and Morata, both youngsters looking like they are the real deal.
Barcelona have Tiago, Tello and Deulofeu. All three certainly have the capacity to move onto become great players, but Deulofeu has been playing in Segunda division, Tello has a 10m euro buy out clause and Tiago has been totally useless in recent months.
So it looks like the youth has been sent to Real, surely a plan for the future. Also with reports indicating that Bale may be making a high money move to Real, not Barca, it looks like Real are in the hot seat to take the most prestigious trophy in the Spanish footballing scene.
I am certainly not saying Real are better at the moment, but with Barcelona so reliant on Messi and their playmakers getting old, in the likes of Xavi and Iniesta, and no definite replacements lined up, lets just see who the top spot will go to next year. My money's on Real, that's for certain!
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