Real Madrid have won La Liga for a record 34th time after a 2-1 home win against Villarreal. The Galacticos won the crown 7 points clear and with a game in hand from pre-lockdown leaders and last two years Liga winners Barcelona. The Catalan side did not recover their winning form when the “new normality” returned and the league restarted.

On the other hand, under manager Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid have had a run of 10 consecutive victories since La Liga resumed in June.

Karim Benzema scored both goals, the second a decisive second-half penalty. Vicente Iborra scored one for Villareal but the visitors had a last minute gasp of hope annuled for handball in extra time.

This was Real´s 10th home victory over Villarreal as their manager Zinedine Zidane led the Galacticos to his second league title as manager having  come back to take over from Julen Lopetegui after their Champions League defeat and competition exit against Ajax in March 2019.

The game was played in a closed door Di Stefano stadium which is part of the club’s Valdebebas training complex. The traditional Cibeles celebrations will be delayed until the present post Covid pandemic situation has been removed to allow a city wide celebration and parade last seen in 2017.

The club´s iconic Santiago Bernabeu stadium is presently being substantially renovated and expanded.

The next challenge for the Liga Champions is to overcome their 2-1 deficit against English side Manchester City in the Champions League Last 16 knock out in order to progress to the quarter final Lisbon “condensed” tournament which is replacing the traditional format due to the missed games during the European lockdown.

Real Madrid have won the Champions a record 13 times including three years in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018.