Real Madrid set to end La Liga drought

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Real Madrid set to end La Liga drought

Real Madrid is set to end a la Liga drought of five years when the squad travel to La Rosaleda stadium to face Malaga in the final showdown in the League.

Los Blancos only need to avoid defeat to Malaga on Sunday to grab the trophy from the hands of arch rivals, Barcelona.

Standing in the way of a first title since 2012 is a Malaga side with little at stake and who are coached by Michel, who spent 14 trophy-laden seasons at the Bernabeu.

Madrid famously squandered two consecutive titles in 1992 and 1993 away to Tenerife, then coached by another Real great, Jorge Valdano, handing the trophy to Barcelona on the final day.

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Michel stirred controversy in a radio interview last month when he declared "I'm a much bigger Madrid fan than Valdano".

However, Michel, who oversaw a surprise 2-0 win over Barcelona in April, has promised to treat the game like any other: "It's my Madrid but also my Malaga. I have to respect the competition and always go out to win."

Real opened up a three-point lead at the top with a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday, returning to the league's summit for the first time since April 23 when they lost to Barcelona after a bitter defeat in the hands of their bitter rivals.

Real Madrid has scored 20 goals in five games through 10 different scorers, demonstrating the devastating attacking power coach Zinedine Zidane has at his disposal.

The Frenchman's rotation policy was criticised early in the season after four straight draws but has paid off with Real hitting their peak in the final run-in, having also reached the Champions League final in June against Juventus.

Barcelona will be up against Eibar at Camp Nou in their last La Liga game and they will also be looking forward to the Copa Dey Rey finals with Alaves.

"We're all playing as we are thanks to the work of Zidane, thanks to his rotations we can now win the double," midfielder Isco told reporters after a sensational display against Celta.

"We won another crucial game and now we have to make the final push. Malaga will be as tough as this game but we're very motivated. A point will be enough, but we'll go out to win as we always do."

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