Attention in today’s press is switching to the Champions League which takes centre stage this week.
Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night looking to get revenge for their elimination at the hands of the German team at the semi-final stage of last year’s tournament.
Much has changed since then – Madrid have a new manager who is an expert in the Champions League. And Dortmund have suffered from the sale of Mario Goetze to Bayern Munich. Key player Robert Lewandowski will also sit out the first leg through suspension. And Marca has quotes from Jurgen Klopp, the Dortmund boss, saying Los Blancos are favourites this time around.
Elsewhere, there is plenty of coverage about the state of La Liga. AS carries out a poll among its readers in which there was nothing to choose between who they think is favourite to win the title. The results showed 34.81% of its readers consider Barcelona the favourites, with Real Madrid getting 32.78% of the vote and Atletico de Madrid 32.41%. Cigarette paper between them.
The fight for the Pichichi (top scorer in the league) also looks set to be a close run race. Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with 28 goals in 26 games. Just behind him is Diego Costa, who has netted 25 this season, and Leo Messi who is currently on 23 goals but has hit a purple patch since recovering from injury.