Some things in football are thoroughly predictable; but in both England and Spain, as the season draws to a close, football fans have been able to watch some of the most unpredictable scenarios being played out before them.
The rise of Leicester City and Tottenham, and the failure of both Chelsea and Manchester United, has contributed to a fixating season in England.
In Spain, at the beginning of April at least, many fans were switching off from La Liga as Barcelona threatened to walk away with the title, holding a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second.
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What has followed has been a complete capitulation from the Catalan club, with the reigning domestic, European and world champions losing three La Liga games in a row (for the first time in 13 years) and being dealt a knock-out blow in the Champions League, delivered by Diego Simeone’s Atletico in the quarter-finals.
With Real and Atletico performing, and progressing, in Europe and notching up wins in the league, both teams now have their sights set on the league crown, with Atletico level on points at the top and Real trailing by just one point with five games remaining.
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Barcelona are relying on a select few players to perform week-in-week-out and, at this moment in time, the effort that the team has put in over the past two seasons seems to have finally caught up with them.
At the Nou Camp on Sunday night against, what has been a terrible Valencia side, Barcelona looked tired and out of ideas, emphasising the point that they do not have a plan B alternative.they do not have a plan B alternative.
They did come up against an inspired team and a goalkeeper, Diego Alves, who was in sensational form, but for a team desperately looking to break a losing streak and with the players they have available, they were out-fought and out-thought.
All three title-chasing teams are in action again on Wednesday night as La Liga resumes quickly.
Barcelona face a trip to Deportivo, who held them to a 2-2 draw in December at the Nou Camp; Real Madrid host high-flying Villarreal while Atletico face a difficult trip to Bilbao.
La Liga has sprung back into life in recent weeks and the conclusion to the season may even rival the remarkable season the Premier League has witnessed.
Many have been dismissive of the predictability of La Liga this season, but one thing is for sure: the remainder of the season in Spain will play host to a thrilling and unmissable conclusion.
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