La Liga Title is no longer in the hands of FC Barcelona

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FC Barcelona have officially lost the opportunity of being in control of their fate in their quest to win the 2020-2021 La Liga title after drawing 0-0 with the current table-toppers Atletico Madrid.

On Saturday, FC Barcelona and Atletico met at the Camp Nou for their 35th game of the season. Atletico ran away with a point to the detriment of FC Barcelona.

Barcelona needed to win to jump to the top of the La Liga table with 77 points while Atletico move to second with 76 points. But the Spanish giants were not able to achieve that, hence, they have to temporarily occupy the second spot with 75 points, two points below the first placed Atletico.

La Liga Title is no longer in the hands of FC Barcelona
Barca’s talisman Lionel Messi reunited with his former teammate Luis Suarez on Saturday during the league match between Barca and Atletico Madrid.

As it stands, all eyes are on the La Liga game between the current 3rd placed Real Madrid and 4th placed Sevilla. If Real Madrid win the game which will kick off at 20:00 today, May 9, 2020, they will be on equal points with first-placed Atletico Madrid.

If this happens, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be the two major La Liga title contenders in the remaining three games left in the season. Hence, Barcelona would be left with no choice but to hope that Real Madrid and Atletico drop points in their remaining games.

After Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Atletico, Barca’s defender Gerard Piqué admitted that the club is no longer in control of how the 2020-2021 season would end in La Liga.

La Liga Title is no longer in the hands of FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué

“We’re still in the mix. La Liga still wide open, three games is a lot even if we know it’s not in our hands anymore,” Piqué said. “Anything can happen. I’d like to know if any other side in La Liga has won four in a row, it’s only something we’ve done.

“If we win our remaining three matches, I think we’ll win the league. We’re going to fight until the end, even if we haven’t done what we needed.”

On the other hand, the manager of Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone revealed that he would not watch the match between Real Madrid and Sevilla. He said he prefers spending time with his family instead of watching the game.

“I’m not watching the (other) games. I don’t enjoy it so I’d prefer not to watch,” he said.

“I don’t think it will go any differently if I do watch it, so I’ll have dinner with my family and get ready for Monday’s session and focus on playing a good game against Real Sociedad on Wednesday. It’s a great season, where four sides are looking for the best possible ending.

“The game transpired as we wanted it to. We attacked well by pressing them and recovering the ball. We were great in the first half, and the second was more even.”