Ignore the Barcelona conspiracies, Real Madrid will be deserving champions

The league table rarely lies. Like last season, La Liga will be decided in the last round of fixtures and if Real Madrid, as expected, go on to claim the title for the first time since 2011-12, then they will have deserved it.

Madrid must pay Malaga over Isco if they win La Liga

Madrid are away to Malaga on Sunday and there are already a number of conspiracy theories being put forward by Barcelona fans ahead of that match at La Rosaleda, including question marks over the Andalusians' coach and also the influence of a possible windfall for the Costa del Sol side from the Isco transfer in 2013.

Malaga are coached by Michel, a Madrid symbol in his playing days after coming through the youth system at Real and a man who said after beating Barca in La Liga last month: "Real Madrid will be the champions, but a Malaga man from Real Madrid has lent them a hand."

And many concerned with Barca believe the 54-year-old will lend Los Blancos another helping hand, especially as Malaga have nothing left to play for in the Primera Division. However, the coach distanced himself from all of that with a tweet on Thursday which simply stated: "Focused on ourselves."

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For his part, Malaga president Abdullah Al-Thani has reacted angrily to press speculation over Michel and late last month sent out a tweet in Arabic responding to a question on whether his team would beat Madrid: "With the help of God, we'll beat them on the pitch," it read. "But the scum of Catalunya won't get a whiff of La Liga after their lies about Michel."

Sandro hoping to hand the title to Barca

In the meantime, Malaga are also set to receive a payment of €1 million from Madrid if Los Blancos win La Liga as part of the agreement which saw Isco move from the Andalusian club to Real in 2013. That deal included €3m in variables, €1m for each league title won by Madrid in the player's first five seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the first of those payments could be triggered this weekend.

On top of all that, there has been yet more talk of officials in the current campaign and Gerard Pique spiced up the rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid earlier in the season with a tweet listing the decisions that - he claimed, using links from Madrid media - had gone in Real's favour.

Pique was captured on camera after Barca's winner in the Clasico clash at the Bernabeu last month mouthing "we are infinitely better" than Madrid. However, in La Liga this term, that has simply not been the case.

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