Real Madrid must be favourites to win La Liga title

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La Liga is hotting up over in Spain; Real Madrid are topping the league at the moment with 60 points, meaning they are four points clear of Barcelona and seven clear of their rivals across the city Atletico Madrid.

However, La Liga is getting interesting and these three teams will battle it out until the very end to decide who will lift that prestigious trophy come May.

Atletico were the team that emerged victorious last year, in that brilliant season for The Mattress Makers, but this time around, you really cannot see Diego Simeone's team repeating last season's domestic success as they are already trailing the league leaders by seven points.

The departure of talisman Diego Costa in the summer was supposedly going to leave a gaping hole in the team, yet the new signing Mario Mandzukic has almost emulated the big Spaniard on his arrival to La Liga, the ex-Bayern Munich man has scored 12 goals and grabbed five assists in the league so far, a pretty impressive return for the Atletico striker.

Nevertheless, you just feel this year it will go back to how it usually is in La Liga; a two horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona, but of course, anything can happen in the world of football, so to completely rule Atletico out of the contest would be foolish. 

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Real Madrid look a formidable force this season, the recruits signed in the summer have improved what was already a fantastic team, let's face it, they won the Champions League last year and were in the title race till the end.

Cristiano Ronaldo is leading Los Blancos and even though he may have a little dry patch recently, a great headed goal on the weekend could kick-start his season again from that mini three game league goal drought.

If you were a betting person, your money would more than likely go on Carlo Ancelloti's side and you would be brave to bet against the ten-time European champions.

Keep the faith...

The Madrid manager deserves huge credit for keeping faith in his No.9, Karim Benzema was criticised during the summer, with people saying he simply isn't good enough to lead the line for a club like Real Madrid, yet the Frenchman has performed excellently so far this season with 13 goals and eight assists in 22 games.

His impressive form matches with pretty much every other Madrid player, with every individual fighting for their place in the side, it means they perform at the top of their game, every time.

Barcelona struggled at the start of the season, with managerial changes happening and players unsure of futures, yet in recent games they are starting to show they are back to their brilliant best.

Barca are back

That front three is the most lethal and devastating attack in world football, Lionel Messi of course is the talisman, but Neymar and summer signing Luis Suarez are now playing key roles in Barca's season.

They look to carry the side to domestic glory when it comes to the end of the season after a disappointing campaign last time around. Players like Messi are of course going to be influential, but the likes of youngster Rafinha and Ivan Rakitic have been of huge importance this campaign.

They are players Barcelona did not have at their disposal last season, and this could be the factor that gives the Catalan club the extra push come the home straight in a couple of months.

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However, with all three teams currently still in the Champions League, the deciding factor in the title race could well come down to who gets knocked out of the competition first.

All of these teams are honestly three of the best teams in the world right now, meaning La Liga as a division is making even more of a name for itself, the people who thought the Spanish top flight was poor, are certainly being proved wrong over the last couple of seasons.

With just under half of the season to go it really is all to play for, who comes out on top is unclear at the moment, Real Madrid are looking the favourites, but as i said before, this is football, and you just never know what's going to happen.

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