Greetings from the land of sand. This is the weekly segment here on Managing Madrid where I walk around my international campus and ask people of different backgrounds and football loyalties about the footballing world and Real Madrid.
The past couple of weeks have been crazy in the Spanish footballing world. The backlash from El Clasico and the resulting press craze over Mourinho, Pepe, and the officials have been in the headlines, drawing some attention away from the other competitions.
However, la Liga has continued. Whether you already knew this or not, Barcelona has dropped some points throughout the season and now Real Madrid top the Spanish Primera Division by seven points. I know it is pretty early in the season, but in a competition where points are barely dropped, many believe that a seven-point deficit is almost insurmountable.
So the question this week is this: With Real Madrid so far ahead of Barcelona, is the contest already over? Here's what some people had to say:
"Madrid is ahead of the league because of their smart and focused playing style. But anything can happen. Barca is only two wins and a tie away and there are more than 5 games left."
-Omar, Egypt, Real Madrid
"Madrid just got lucky. Seven points ahead or not they can win, Barcelona don't care because they're aiming for is the Champions League which Madrid have no chance of winning so [Real Madrid] are focusing on taking advantage of La Liga."
-Nadim, Lebanon, Barcelona
"Real Madrid has been good at closing out seasons in the past, and especially with a pretty easy schedule ahead, Madrid should win...Unless their Champions League ambitions interfere."
-Yusuf, Ethiopia, AC Milan
"I don't mind losing the league, but I would at least like to see Barca fight for the come back and not to let Real slip away."
-Saker, Palestine, Barcelona
"Unless Madrid lose Ronaldo and Ozil, yes it is."
-Phillip, Lebanon, AC Milan
"Unless [Real Madrid] play second team (and we might still win with them), we will be the winners."
-Abe, Lebanon, Real Madrid
Now that you've heard from others, it's time for you to make your choice. As always, you can vote in the poll below and/or have your say in the comments. Hala Madrid!