Barring some kind of cataclysmic collapse—aliens landing at the training ground and kidnapping half the squad might do the trick—Real Madrid will win its 32nd Spanish title this year. Saturday's 2-1 win at archrival Barcelona left Jose Mourinho's crew with a seven-point lead and four games to play, which means arithmetic is the only factor delaying Real's coronation.
Real Madrid could well have lost at Camp Nou and still won La Liga. But actually defeating its eternal rival is something of a game-changer. Mourinho may not admit it, but he didn't just get a monkey off his back, he banished a whole pack of screaming orangutans.
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