6 Things Real Madrid Must Do to Ensure They Beat Barcelona to the Spanish League Title

Real Madrid are on course to secure their first La Liga title in 5 years.

Despite winning two Champions League trophies in the past three years, Real Madrid haven't won the league since the 2011/12 season when Jose Mourinho was still in charge.

Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is the current manager looking to buck the trend and here are six things that he must do to make sure his side bring the La Liga title back to the capital.

6. Win Their Game in Hand

Real Madrid currently lie top of the league and two points ahead of nearest rivals Barcelona, while they also hold the advantage with a game in hand.

It's not going to be an easy game as Madrid travel to Galicia to take on a Celta Vigo side that dumped them out of the Copa del Rey competition in two legs at the start of the year.

With a win against Celta, Madrid would strengthen their lead over their bitter rivals (as it stands at least) and undoubtedly be the favourites to secure the La Liga crown.

5. Get Back to Basics Defensively

Zidane's side has been an absolute shambles at the back in recent weeks. 

In the past five La Liga matches, Madrid have conceded nine goals, which has meant that the team has had to produce stunning comebacks to get something out of the matches in some instances.

Uncharacteristically for a Real Madrid side, they have the fourth best defensive record in the league this season and the back four have played a crucial role in Madrid's position in the table.

Madrid have gone five matches in without a clean sheet and if they want to push for the title, they need to get back to basics and stop making mistakes at the back.

4. Start Rotating the Squad

Zidane needs to start mixing up the team as Madrid have recently started to become very stale and predictable in their game plan.

When they played against Eibar recently, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were unavailable and it gave the likes of Lucas Vázquez, James Rodríguez and Marco Asensio a chance to shine and they certainly didn't disappoint as Madrid won 4-1.

Zidane should give players such as Isco and Morata more regular game time because not only do they seem more hungry to prove themselves at the Bernabéu, but it will also give the likes of Modric and Kroos a chance to rest.

3. Don't Lose the Clásico Match

When Barcelona travel to the Bernabéu in the Clásico match in April, it could be touted as one of the biggest ever.

With Sevilla dropping points in recent weeks, the top two seem to be running away at the top of the table and this match is set to be a massive indicator as to who will win the league.

Real Madrid arguably have an advantage because they snatched a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou which means that the Catalans are going to have to win the match in order to hold the head to head advantage.

Madrid simply cannot afford to lose this match. A draw wouldn't be the worst result in the world but with the game being played in front of their home fans, a victory will be the only thing in the players' minds.

2. Stop Relying on Bale, Benzema & Cristiano

Although it's hard to believe, many in Spain feel that playing the BBC (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) together has been a hinderance to the Madrid side this season.

Benzema and Ronaldo, in particular, have been criticised for their lack of involvement in games recently as it appears that the work rate levels have decreased, with the midfield being forced do their workload.

The three forwards seem to be relying on moments rather than helping the team with and without the ball. This was seen in the Eibar match mentioned before when Madrid produced arguably their best away performance of the season without Ronaldo and Bale being involved.

There's no doubt that either one of these players can win a match on their own but they need to work harder and combine better together if they want to win the title.

1. Keep Sergio Ramos 100% Fit

What more can be said about Sergio Ramos?

Granted that in recent weeks, he hasn't been at his best defensively, the Madrid skipper has managed to rise up to challenge and rescue his side from losing positions on numerous occasions.

Ramos appeared once again to knock a resilient Napoli side out of the Champions League and he has also popped up against Barcelona and Deportivo this season to earn his side valuable points.

Ramos is a natural leader and seems more determined than ever to become the first Real Madrid captain in 5 years to lift the La Liga title.