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Real Madrid leading La Liga standings because of performances, not referees: Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid leading La Liga standings because of performances, not referees: Zinedine Zidane

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique meanwhile wrote on Twitter that Real had earned eight extra points this campaign due to dubious refereeing decisions.

Sergio Ramos rubbishes Gerard Pique's 'refereeing preference' comments over Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos rubbishes Gerard Pique's 'refereeing preference' comments over Real Madrid

Real next host Las Palmas while Barca, a point behind in second place, are at home to Sporting.

La Liga: Real Madrid stage come-from-behind win against Villarreal; Lionel Messi nets winner vs Atletico Madrid

La Liga: Real Madrid stage come-from-behind win against Villarreal; Lionel Messi nets winner vs Atletico Madrid

Villarreal had enjoyed the better of the opening hour, but were swamped by wave upon wave of Real attack for the final 30 minutes.

La Liga: Real Madrid suffer 1-2 shocking defeat against struggling Valencia to open up title race

La Liga: Real Madrid suffer 1-2 shocking defeat against struggling Valencia to open up title race

The defeat yesterday leaves Madrid just a single point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Sevilla and now enjoy just one game in hand over their title rivals.

La Liga : Valencia trip offers Real Madrid  chance to extend lead

La Liga : Valencia trip offers Real Madrid chance to extend lead

Madrid will travel with a one-point lead over FC Barcelona and on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday afternoon in which coach Zinedine Zidane was able to rest players such as Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos

La Liga: Gareth Bale back with a bang as Real Madrid crush Espanyol to extend lead

La Liga: Gareth Bale back with a bang as Real Madrid crush Espanyol to extend lead

Alvaro Morata had opened the scoring when he bulleted home Isco`s cross 12 minutes before half-time.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rules out return to Barcelona, says 'I will never go back to coach there'

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rules out return to Barcelona, says 'I will never go back to coach there'

Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona`s head coach, says he has no intention of returning to the job he left in 2012.

Mesut Ozil being made Arsenal's 'scapegoat' after Bayern Munich rout: Agent

Mesut Ozil being made Arsenal's 'scapegoat' after Bayern Munich rout: Agent

Ozil, could not be blamed, said Sogut, for his performance on Wednesday when Bayern Munich enjoyed 74 percent possession.

La Liga: In the aftermath of PSG defeat, Barcelona gear up to face Leganes at home

La Liga: In the aftermath of PSG defeat, Barcelona gear up to face Leganes at home

La Liga fixture talks about Atletico Madrid's encounter with Gijon, while Real Madrid will face Espanyol

WATCH: Arjen Robben, Lorenzo Insigne's sensational goals hog limelight at Champions League

WATCH: Arjen Robben, Lorenzo Insigne's sensational goals hog limelight at Champions League

Bayern Munich won in their home ground 5-1 against Arsenal, Real Madrid too registered a victory at home, 3-1.

Champions League: Real Madrid bounce back to beat Napoli 3-1

Champions League: Real Madrid bounce back to beat Napoli 3-1

Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro sealed a 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday, after Lorenzo Insigne`s stunning 40-yard strike from Napoli

Police called to Diego Maradona's hotel over argument

Police called to Diego Maradona's hotel over argument

Maradona is in Madrid to watch his old side Napoli take on European champions Real Madrid 

Champions League, PREVIEW: Napoli out to stretch unbeaten run against Real Madrid in last 16 clash

Champions League, PREVIEW: Napoli out to stretch unbeaten run against Real Madrid in last 16 clash

Real captain Sergio Ramos said his team needed to underline their credentials on Wednesday ahead of the return leg at Napoli.

Injured Cristiano Ronaldo a doubt for Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Napoli

Injured Cristiano Ronaldo a doubt for Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Napoli

Bale will take no part in Wednesday's game but could well be back in the starting line up for the February 22 return leg in Naple

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger urges misfiring Mesut Ozil to become more ruthless

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger urges misfiring Mesut Ozil to become more ruthless

The 28-year-old Ozil, has been on the periphery of games in recent weeks and has not scored in his last eight matches.

La Liga: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo shine as Real Madrid, Barcelona register comprehensive wins

La Liga: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo shine as Real Madrid, Barcelona register comprehensive wins

Barcelona is now just a point behind league toppers Real Madrid, who still have two games at hand.

 

Barcelona eye return to top in Copa del Rey final rehearsal; Real Madrid to face Osasuna

Barcelona eye return to top in Copa del Rey final rehearsal; Real Madrid to face Osasuna

Barcelona had to survive a second leg onslaught from Atletico Madrid in midweek to make a fourth straight final.​

La Liga: Lionel Messi breaks another record, becomes Barcelona's all-time top scorer from free-kicks

La Liga: Lionel Messi breaks another record, becomes Barcelona's all-time top scorer from free-kicks

The goal moved him ahead of Ronald Koeman as the club`s top set-piece specialist with 27 goals from free kicks in all competitions.

La Liga: Barcelona close in as confusion reigns over Real Madrid fixture

La Liga: Barcelona close in as confusion reigns over Real Madrid fixture

Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.

Neymar technically 'way better' than Cristiano Ronaldo : Pele

Neymar technically 'way better' than Cristiano Ronaldo : Pele

Pele believes the Portugal star has only one advantage over Neymar i.e his aerial power.