Zidane's clever squad rotation key to Real Madrid title

22 May 2017, 06:41 | Kristine Mills

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Celta Vigo during a Spanish League match on Wednesday. Pic AFP

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Celta Vigo during a Spanish League match on Wednesday. Pic  AFP

Madrid last won a double in 2014, but it was with the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

They fought back from 2-0 down against Villarreal to win 3-2 in February, showing just how much they wanted the title.

Real Madrid's French head coach Zinedine Zidane is tossed by players at the end of the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Real Madrid at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on May 21, 2017. "Malaga are a good team, but we are Real Madrid, we are the best and we want to be champions".

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Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was forced to punch clear a fizzing Daniel Wass free kick in the first half after which Aspas blasted into the side-netting, but Madrid controlled the game after the break once Ronaldo had increased their lead.

Zidane has won four trophies in 16 months since taking charge of the Spanish giants and he is one step from becoming the first Real coach since 1958 to win the European Cup and league title in the same season.

Cristiano Ronaldo (10 and 48 minute) scored twice in the 4-1 win in Vigo.

One significant outcome of the excellent team spirit has been Madrid's ability to rescue games with late goals.

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Malaga, 11th, have nothing to play for and most expect Madrid to earn the victory they crave and complete the first part of what could be a double, ahead of the Champions League final clash with Juventus.

Malaga, though, is one of La Liga's form sides having picked up 13 points from its last five games.

In the 40 games Madrid have played with Casemiro in all competitions this season, they have a win rate of 75.6 per cent, without him that drops to 66.7.

Sandro Ramirez joined Barça at the age of 14 when he was accepted into the famed La Masia academy and is hoping that if he scores against Real on Sunday it will be enough to hand the title to his former club after spending a total of seven years with them.

Third-place Atletico and fourth-place Sevilla have already guaranteed a place in the Champions League next season, although Sevilla will have to go through a playoff in August to enter the group stage.

"It's been a hard and complicated League at times, but after 38 games, there's no-one above us".

But after the game president Josep Bartomeu reiterated the club's confidence in committing the 29-year-old to a new deal when he said: "There's no doubt that the marriage between Messi and Barca will continue".



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