The millions of fans around the globe who will tune in to watch Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ in Barcelona could witness the death throes of Real Madrid’s Spanish League title challenge in its seventh match of the season.

Defeat at the Nou Camp for Jose Mourinho’s side would stretch the Catalan club’s lead over its bitter rival to 11 points.

While that may seem insignificant compared with the 93 points that will still be available, it is worth noting Barcelona only dropped 15 and 18 points respectively during the whole of its title-winning campaigns in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Leader Barcelona, by contrast, has shown some of the fight that was perhaps missing from its performances last term in winning all six of its matches.

With the focus firmly on the ‘Clasico’, little attention has been paid to a potentially significant clash on Sunday between second-placed Atletico Madrid and third-placed Malaga who are both undefeated this season. — Reuters

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