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Barcelona beat Espanyol 5-0 in their last game of the season, taking them one point clear of second-placed Real Madrid. Then there's the fact that Malaga stand to make a €1 million profit if Madrid win the league.

Barcelona icon Xavi has conceded that Real Madrid's win over Celta Vigo means LaLiga's title race is effectively over.

Madrid's 4-1 victory at Celta Vigo on Wednesday night puts them on top of La Liga with 90 points, three ahead of Barca.

None of the three contenders have easy games, but perhaps Real Sociedad will be the most optimistic of getting a win, although one thing is certain, one of the three will be watching the Cup final on May 27th hoping Barca beat Alaves to ensure they too play in Europe next season.

They have lost three out of their last five games in La Liga and the team looks like they have taken early vacation since they have scored only two goals in their last six games.

Malaga's surge has come under coach Michel Gonzalez, a former Madrid player who took over in March with the team in danger of being dragged into a relegation fight.

One major reason why Los Blancos have been able to fend off Barcelona this season has been their Coach's rotation policy; for a while now, Madrid have effectively fielded what has become known as their "A" team or their "B" team, depending on the opponent or the competition.

"We will not give up until the last second".

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Iago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidettis deflected effort.

However, the visitors went straight up the other end and Marcelo's low cross was tapped home by Karim Benzema to restore Real's two-goal cushion.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique had to laugh recently when asked if Barcelona could rely on Malaga beating Real Madrid in the final game of the season.

"We played with incredible attitude and personality", said Real manager Zinedine Zidane.

"The most hard part is still to come even though we're getting closer [to the title] every day", he said. We're all important and everyone needs to be ready for the remaining games.

"Whenever I go home it is a really special occasion, and this time we have got a chance to clinch the league title, which is something I have never won".

Madrid went into their outstanding fixture, knowing that four points from their final two league fixtures, would guarantee them the title regardless of Barcelona's results.

"I feel good. Everything is decided in the final weeks of the season and I am doing well. Personally, I'm helping the team with my goals and I'm very happy about that".

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