Real Madrid successfully ended their drought of La Liga titles with 2-0 victory at La Rosaleda, the home ground of Malaga.
Any doubt of a win away against the team that had beaten FC Barcelona on the same exact stadium was silenced in just two minutes into the game as Cristiano Ronaldo rounded keeper Carlos Kameni before scoring the first goal from an smart Isco through ball.
Karim Benzema then added Real’s second after half-time after a goalmouth scramble to put the game away despite Malaga’s efforts.
Before the game, Real were just one point away from the title win regardless of what defending champions Barca would do, and for a time it seem that Los Blancos did not even needed the one point as Barca fell 2-0 behind Eibar (before overturning the deficit to win 4-2).
Coming into the season, Real were on their longest streak without a La Liga victory in club history (four seasons), but claimed a deserved title after going through the year as one of the best sides in Spain and Europe — with a 40-game unbeaten streak in the process.
It had also been a season of smashed records for Zinedine Zidane and his men in the Frenchman’s first full season as Real coach, and if they could continue their winning ways into Cardiff they will become the first team ever to successfully defend the Champions League.
However, the effort and hardwork placed in by the entire team was not lost on the man who led Real to Undecima — their eleventh European top-flight title — just little less than a year ago.
“It was very important (to win the league),” Zidane said as celebrations kicked-off after the whistle at La Rosaleda. “It was a lot of years without winning it and we knew that the league is everything.”
“For Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title. It has been a difficult season that we worked hard for, with some tough moments, but after 38 games we are top and that is it.”
“The Spanish league is the best in my opinion and to win it in this way is incredible — I am very happy.”