Real Madrid have again left points in the close title triathlon. Without national player Toni Kroos, Los Blancos couldn’t get past a 0-0 draw against Betis Sevilla on Saturday and remain second with 71 points for the time being.
Local rivals Atletico Madrid (73) can extend their lead to up to five points in the game at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening. FC Barcelona (68), challenged at FC Villarreal, can draw level with Real.
Madrid showed the second poor performance within seven days. Last Sunday, coach Zinedine Zidane’s team couldn’t get past a goalless draw at Getafe CF.
During the week, Real won at FC Cadiz (3-0), and Kroos was already missing in both games. The midfielder complains of muscular problems. It is not yet clear whether he will be an option for the first leg in the Champions League semi-finals next Tuesday against Chelsea FC and team manager Thomas Tuchel.
On the other hand, Eden Hazard celebrated his comeback against Betis, who last had to miss over a month with a muscle injury. The Belgian offensive man came in the 77th minute, but then did not make any decisive accents.