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Real Madrid Extend Lead As Barcelona Held By Villarreal

It is looking more and more likely that Real Madrid will walk away with the La Liga title this season. A 3-1 win over Real Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu yesterday coupled with Barcelona’s barren draw with relegation threatened Villarreal pushed them 7 points clear at the top of the table.

Goals from Kaka, Ronaldo and Ozil were enough to quell recent jeers and unrest that have taunted Mourinho for the past week and led to disharmony in the squad while also helping to erase memories of their humiliating home loss to Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey a fortnight ago.

Speaking after the match, Brazilian midfielder Kaka who’s 32 minute goal restored parity in the game reiterated that he was happy at Madrid even though he had yet to cement a place in Mourinho’s starting 11.

“I feel good, I’m playing well and I am happy,” he said.

“The Bernabeu helps us a lot and we can create an impact.”

With Barcelona being held to a barren draw by Villarreal, Madrid are in a perfect position to win their first league title since 2010. The truth is, with 18 matches left in the season it is naive to assume that Real will win the title easily especially with Barcelona still in it.

It will be interesting to see how this latest win will be received by the supporters. The jeers and taunts might have cooled down, but it should not be taken as a sign that all is well in the club.

In fact report continue to emerge linking Mourinho with a return to the English Premier League.  A source close to Mourinho was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying that the Portuguese tactician is tired with the situation at the club and would be leaving in the summer.

“José is sick and tired of this situation at Madrid. It doesn’t matter if he wins this season or not. It’s not about the money. He’s decided to come back to England and he will go in the summer.”

It is a shame for all that Mourinho has done for Madrid, his legacy is in jeopardy of being remembered as the one that failed to dominate over arch rivals Barcelona.

Truth be said, Mourinho has never looked at home in Italy or in Spain. It is plain to see that he  lacks the joy and passion that drove him while in Chelsea  and unless he will be returning as their coach, i would suggest he considers an early retirement. It is hard to imagine, but it is better than having an unmotivated coach.

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