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Tight La Liga Race

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Tight La Liga Race

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MADRID (AP) – Perhaps the Champions League success for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid was the best thing that could happen to Barcelona – at least as far as the domestic title race is concerned.
The Madrid clubs both stumbled in the Spanish league yesterday as they looked sapped of energy following their wins in the Champions League semi-finals to set up a city derby in the final.
That has provided Barcelona with renewed hope after the defending champion had written themselves off.
Leader Atletico lost 2-0 at Levante, while Madrid needed a stoppage-time goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to draw 2-2 against Valencia at home.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said of the team’s European hangover that “you can’t give your maximum intensity like that and not pay the price for it”.
Atletico are top of the tables on 88 points, three more than Barcelona. Real Madrid are in third place on 83 with a game in hand.
Teams Matches Wins Draws Losses Goal Difference Points
Atletico            36        28        4          4          51        88
Barcelona        36        27        4          5          67        85
Real Madrid    35        26        5          4          66        83