The Spanish press are calling it ‘heart attack’ Sunday and the final day of the La Liga season certainly promises to be full of drama. With the title still to be decided, UEFA cup positions still up for grabs and five teams battling it out for survival at the bottom of the table, few can remember a season finale quite like it.
The potential that the day will prove to be too much for the fans is being taken very seriously by the authorities in Spain and Athletic Bilbao have even gone as far as temporarily installing four new defibrillators at the San Mames . If this Sunday is anything like the last, then its probably wise to be cautious, as last weekend saw the title change hands four times over the course of ninety minutes. The last minute goals at both the Camp Nou and the Romareda typical of what has been a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the neutrals who have seen 69 goals scored this season in the last two minutes of play.
Naturally, Real Madrid are the favourites for the title ahead of their clash with Mallorca, but few are ruling out another twist to the most hotly contested league in Europe right now. It may take a miracle, but it is still possible for Barcelona, who must achieve a better result in their game against Nastic than Real Madrid do against Mallorca, to lift the title and wipe the smile off of a very smug Ramon Calderon’s face. Reports that the Real Madrid President is so pleased with himself that he has been bottling his own bathwater for sale at the Bernabeu are thought to be untrue, but he has done little to shake off the arrogant image that has projected in recent weeks.
Not that the Catalan’s are in a position to criticise as Xavi Hernandez admitted this week, a lack of humility has probably cost Barcelona the title.
With Sevilla and Valencia secure in their Champions league spots, it leaves Zaragoza, Villarreal and Atletico to slug it out for the two UEFA cup positions.