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Real Madrid closing in on double Barca blow

Barcelona, the best side in the world. Or are they? It's no good playing fantastic football if it leads to nothing.

And that's what's in danger of happening at Barca this season. Defeat against arch rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday night means they are seven points adrift of the leaders with four games remaining.

Jose Mourinho's side can extend their La Liga advantage to 10 points next Sunday when they entertain sixth-placed Sevilla in the early kick-off, with Barcelona not in action until the evening at Rayo Vallecano, who currently sit in 14th spot.

If Real Madrid beat Sevilla, they will then need just one more win from their last three games to secure the title.

The two Champions League semi-finals are evenly poised. Pep Guardiola's men have their work cut out in their second leg against Chelsea, but even if they do enough to take their place in the final, Mourinho could get another opportunity to outfox the Barca boss if his side can overcome Bayern Munich.

Madrid now look certain to become La Liga champions - and if Mourinho outwits Guardiola again in the Champions League final, it will be a bitter pill for Barca to swallow.

Real Madrid are also ahead in another battle, with Cristiano Ronaldo's winner in Saturday's El Clasico taking the Ronaldo v Lionel Messi goals tally in La Liga to 42-41 in the Madrid man's favour.

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