‘La Liga decided in last 10 games’

Former Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta believes the destination of the title will be decided in the final phase of the season.

Barca and Atletico Madrid are level on points after 21 rounds, with Real Madrid third, and the ex-goalkeeper predicts the title race will last most of the season.

“The League will be decided in the last 10 games,” Marca reports Zubi telling Cadena COPE.

“Now there’s the Copa del Rey, the Champions League…the calendar is very hard and a lot remains.”

Zubi was asked about various players he’s seen in recent years, from both Madrid and Barca, and also picked out another player who has caught his eye.

“If Aritz Aduriz played for a team like Manchester United, he’d be a God,” he suggested.

“If I had to pick a player for my team, it’d be Sergio Busquets.

“Cristiano Ronaldo? When he was running 60 metres from your goal, the sense of danger was brutal. He has to keep going because he’s an extraordinary competitor.

“I think Iker Casillas was right to leave but now his best level is demanded and the bar is so high that it’s very difficult to reach that level.

“I feel a bit of pain for Victor Valdes’ situation. He’s a goalkeeper for a big team. He deserves to come to Camp Nou and receive the thanks for everything he did for Barca.”

Zubi was also asked about the structure of Los Blancos and said the lack of transfer oversight is a problem for the club.

“The sporting director’s department should have an important weight at a club and, at a big club, even more so. Madrid lack this piece,” he noted.

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