Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday they depend only on themselves to win the league title after a five-year wait, needing only to avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to grab the trophy from the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona.
Real lead the standings on 90 points, three above Barcelona. Standing in the way of a first title since 2012 is a Malaga side with little at stake and who are coached by Michel, who spent 14 trophy-laden seasons at the Bernabeu.
The Frenchman’s rotation policy was criticised early in the season after four straight draws but has paid off with Real hitting their peak in the final run-in.
The coach said the key has been that all the players have felt important in the team. However, the Frenchman said he is only thinking about the match against Malaga and refused to analyse his team’s season until it is over.
“The only thing I look at is what we have to do, it has always been like this and will remain like that. We depend on ourselves, I don’t look to the rivals and to no one,” he said.
“Tomorrow we will have a difficult match for sure, against a team that has been doing phenomenally lately. We know that, but we know we depend on our match and I am more interested in that.”
Madrid famously squandered two consecutive titles in 1992 and 1993 away to Tenerife, then coached by another Real great, Jorge Valdano, handing the trophy to Barcelona each time on the final day.