You couldn’t tell that Real Madrid are about to face their most important game of the season so far.
Tomorrow, Los Blancos take on Deportivo La Coruna knowing that a win will see them clinch the La Liga title if Barcelona slip up at Granada.
But Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo’s antics suggest they are extremely relaxed.
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The duo were in the middle of a rondo when the ball was launched into the air. As it came down, Modric gave the Portuguese star a gentle shove.
Ronaldo fell to the floor and started rolling around, almost as if he was a striker taking a tumble inside the box in the hopes of winning a penalty.
His teammates didn’t let him off lightly and quickly mocked him for diving.
Watch the video below.
Zinedine Zidane’s team are preparing for the final league game of the season at Estadio Riazor on Saturday. The title is out of Madrid’s hands - Barcelona simply need to match or beat Los Blancos’ score in order to become champions - but the Frenchman couldn’t have expected to still be in the race two months ago.
Madrid were 12 points behind the reigning champions in March but 11 straight victories, including a win at the Camp Nou in April, coupled with Barcelona’s mini collapse has put them in the mix.
And Zidane is optimistic that his team can win the league, despite Barcelona having the edge.
“We do still have faith," Zidane said, per ESPN FC. “Why not? We have won 11 straight games and we are just one point behind. We will believe in our chances until the final second.
“This is the game of our lives tomorrow, as we are playing for something very important. Then after this game we will have another to prepare for and win."
That other game is, of course, the Champions League final. Real take on Atletico Madrid in a repeat of the 2014 final at the end of the month as they seek an 11th European title.
But for now, Zidane’s focus is firmly on Deportivo.
“We must start the game strongly," the Frenchman added. “It will be difficult as it is away from home. Depor are a good team, they know how to play football and their fans will want to end the season the best way possible. We must focus on what we have to do ourselves, from the first minute.
“We have a final to play, where we must play our best game to win the three points.”