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Real Madrid flex their attacking muscle, Messi saves Barca's blushes

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.

Five thoughts from another extra dramatic weekend in La Liga as Real Madrid remain top despite a scare, but with Barcelona and Sevilla hot on their heels.

1. Madrid's attacking power cracks it

With Real Madrid 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday evening, and set to lose top spot in the table with a second away defeat in four days, Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane withdrew holding midfielder Casemiro to send on playmaker Isco.

This did not seem like a good call at the time, especially as Villarreal were...

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Real Madrid collect comeback win vs. Villarreal; Messi lifts Barca vs. Atleti

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.
Real Madrid pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory to reclaim top spot in La Liga with a 3-2 win over Villarreal.

Real Madrid came from two goals down to swiftly reclaim top spot in La Liga with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Villarreal.

Having been displaced at the summit a few hours earlier when Barcelona won at Atletico Madrid, Real were facing up to the prospect of two defeats in five days when the home side went 2-0 up before the hour through Manu Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu.

But Gareth Bale, starting for the first time since November, reduced the deficit, Cristiano Ronaldo converted a controversially awarded...

Koke excels for Atletico Madrid, but Diego Simeone's side lose vs. Barca

Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Koke, centre, bossed the midfield but Atletico Madrid still let it slip vs. their Catalan rivals.

Despite dominating, Atletico Madrid once again somehow contrived to lose 2-1 to Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday. For the third time this month, Los Rojiblancos were the better side in their meetings with the Catalan giants yet still came away with nothing to show for it.

Two massive lapses in concentration at the back allowed Rafinha and Lionel Messi (three minutes from the end) to score either side of Diego Godin's effort. It is a bitter pill for Diego Simeone to swallow: he's has...