Despite its dramatic 3-2 home loss to Barcelona that handed La Liga lead back to the Catalan club on the tiebreaker (head-to-head), Real Madrid remains in the driver's seat to win the Spanish league
But Real Madrid won't have much time to refocus as it is back in La Liga action on Wednesday at Deportivo Coruna.
"Nothing changes, we still have things in our own
hands and we are only thinking about Wednesday’s game," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane
insisted on Monday. "It was not about deciding who wins La Liga. A win, loss or draw means that
nothing changes. We are disappointed as overall we did not deserve to lose, but soccer is like that. We do not have too much time to wallow and have to get over it."
Real Madrid's big
concern is that captain Sergio Ramos
, red carded on Sunday night, will be out, adding to Zidane's defensive worries. Pepe
(broken rubs) and Raphael Varane
(hamstring injury) are
out injured, leaving Nacho
as his only first-team center back. Madrid's options against Coruna include shifting defensive midfielder Casemiro
or right back Danilo
Five rounds are left in La Liga season. After midweek action, play will take place over the next four weekends -- April 29-30, May 6-7, May 13-14 and May 20-21. Real Madrid Schedule: April 26 --
at Deportivo La Coruna (16th) April 29 --
Valencia (12th) May 2
Atletico Madrid -- UCL May 6 --
at Granada (19th) May 10 --
at Atletico Madrid -- UCL May 14 --
Sevilla (4th) May 21 --
at Malaga (15th) TBD --
Barcelona Schedule: April 26 --
Osasuna (20th) April 29 --
Espanyol (9th) May 6 --
Villarreal (5th) May 14 --
at Las Palmas (13th) May 21 --
Eibar (8th) May 27 --
Alaves -- Copa del Rey final Note:
In parentheses is the current place in La Liga standings.
Real Madrid also has a makeup game against Celta. Their match in Vigo
was postponed in February because bad weather damaged the Celta field. Madrid has midweek matches against Atletico in the two legs of their Champions League semifinals on May 2 and May 10 so the
earliest it can play Celta is May 16 or May 17.
Barcelona was eliminated by Juventus from the Champions League but is still involved in the Copa del Rey, where it will face Alaves on May
27, a week after La Liga ends.
Barca leads La Liga and could sweep its final five games but could still lose out to Real Madrid, which needs no worse than five wins and a tie in its last
six games to win its first league title since 2012.