Madrid on brink of breaking Barca’s grip on La Liga

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Real Madrid can only throw away a first La Liga title in five years on Sunday with a shock defeat at Malaga as they look set to depose rivals Barcelona’s run as Spanish champions.

Barca have won La Liga for six of the past eight years, but have to beat Eibar at home to have any chance of a third straight title in outgoing coach Luis Enrique’s farewell to the Camp Nou.

“We deserve to be in the position we are just now,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

“It is in our hands which is important for us.

“There is just one game to go and we have worked very hard to get to where we want to be.”

Since losing to Barca a month ago, Madrid have looked in ominous form as they have charged towards the title by scoring 20 goals in five straight league victories.

“We are top and now, in the last and hardest game, we have to finish the job,” added Zidane.

Having lost just three league games all season it would be a huge shock if 11th-placed Malaga denied Madrid at the final hurdle.

However, Malaga are one of La Liga’s form sides having picked up 13 points from their last five games.