Real Madrid pressure Barca

MADRID. — Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 Spanish La Liga soccer goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla tomorrow. While Barca’s attacking trident have hit a club record 102 goals between them in all competitions, Real have outscored them as a team in La Liga with 102 goals, five more than their Catalan rivals.

Victory for Barca in El Clasico last month put them on track for their fifth league title in seven years, opening up a four-point gap but since then Real have doggedly won all their six games and Barca stalled away to Sevilla drawing 2-2.

Real have shown the depth of their squad lately as they have been able to overcome the significant losses of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to injuries. Javier Hernandez, in particular, has demonstrated his value to the team and hit a double in last weekend’s 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo. The return of James Rodriguez at the beginning of April after a lengthy injury layoff has also reinvigorated the midfield and he got the breakthrough as Real went on to beat Almeria 3-0 at home on Wednesday.

“I am very happy for James as he scored a great goal and for Chicharito (Hernandez’s nickname) also,” Real defender Pepe told reporters. — Reuters.