Real Madrid gave up any remaining chances at winning the La Liga last week when they fell 2-0 at CeltaVigo. This week, they looked to end the season on a high against an RCD Espanyol side that were never going to back down. After a hard-fought battle, the home side were victorious courtesy of a 3-1 score.
Cristiano Ronaldo had to practice a bit early due to his injury beginning to bother him yet again. With the Champions League final only a week away, the team decided that it was best to rest him, hoping that there will be absolutely no problems. His presence was not missed too much as the team managed to play their comfortable attacking, passing and patient game in the final third.
Another player that had to leave the field injured was starting striker Karim Benzema, who would be replaced by Alvaro Morata, who netted the second and third goals of the night. Both of those strikes were assisted by Angel di Maria, who showed why he starts with his jet-like speed and accurate passing to set up awaiting teammates inside the danger area. He has been truly vital during the season.
Gareth Bale netted the first goal of the night by using his speed, strength and scoring ability to beat the keeper, as well as the defense. He found himself as the striker with Morata pushing wide down the left. The Welshman played a crucial role as he held up possession and made life difficult for opponents who had to mark him. He definitely made himself worth most, if not all of the money that was paid for his acquisition.
Later on, Atletico Madrid would successfully draw 1-1 at Barcelona, thus winning their first La Liga title since 1996. They lost superstar striker Diego Costa and No. 10 Arda Turan to injury in the first half, but still managed to come back from a 1-0 halftime deficit.
With that said and done, we know what the last match of this season and first match of next season will be : Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid in the Champions League final next Saturday and again in the Spanish Super Cup come August. These fixtures will prove that there is more than one team in the city of Madrid. In fact, this is the first time in history that two teams from the same city will vie for the Champions League trophy.