La Liga Team of the Week


With Barcelona in action in the cup final, this was an opportunity for players from other sides to stake a claim for a place in the team of the week – here’s how they got on!

Daniel Gimenez, Real Betis – 14 points

The Spaniard has continued his excellent record in a Betis shirt, securing his fourth clean sheet in his fourth appearance of the campaign.

Betis successfully closed out a weakened Atletico side to rise to fifth in the division, with Gimenez hitting 28 points.

Antonio Barragan, Real Betis – 12 points

The one time Liverpool player is enjoying a successful time of it at Betis, playing a valuable role in his side’s strong run in.

Barragan now has 29 points – thanks in no small part to his six assists and 10 clean sheets.

Luisinho, Deportivo La Coruna – 10 points

The Portuguese defender has been at La Coruna for an extended period now and will be feeling the pain of their dreadful campaign as much as anyone.

The fact he has -10 points for the campaign highlights just how rare an occasion this weekend’s exploits have been for the side this season.

Jordi Amat, Real Betis – nine points

On loan from Swansea City, Amat has been a regular in our team of the week recently – thanks to his side’s tight back line that has conceded very few goals in the past few rounds.

Two clean sheets in one week have seen him hit nine in total and 20 points for the campaign.

Marc Bartra, Real Betis – nine points

Having struggled for game time at Borussia Dortmund for the first half of the season, Bartra will be considering his move to Betis to be somewhat of a master stroke.

In his short time at the club, the La Masia product has produced 35 points and nine clean sheets for his side.

Tomas Pina, Alaves – six points

Pina sees himself hit the team of the week thanks to his first goal of the campaign in his 27 league appearances.

The disappointment of his team’s defeat to Girona will be cushioned by an emphatic victory at Las Palmas.

Alvaro Medran – six points

Medran netted one of four in his weekend’s demolition of an all-but-relegated Las Palmas as they put in the quality of performance that they have largely been lacking this season.

With two goals in eighteen appearance, Medran will see his performance as a platform to build from in what has otherwise been a disappointing campaign.

Sergi Darder, Espanyol – six points

Darder had a Sunday to remember this weekend as he set up both of Gerard Moreno’s goals in their 2-0 victory over an off colour Girona.

Despite their disappointing run in the league, Darder has still managed to accrue 20 points in 2017/18.

Adnan Januzaj, Real Sociedad – four points

Another player hitting a purple patch, Januzaj has secured 31 points this campaign with three goals and four assists to thank for it.

He may have had a rough time of it over the past few seasons but the Belgian is showing glimpses that he may come good on his initial promise.

Munir El Haddadi, Alaves – eight points

On loan from Barcelona, Munir has broadly had a successful campaign – netting nine goals in his 26 games.

On 41 points for the campaign, the one-time Spanish international has been a relative bright spark in what has otherwise been a subdued season for Alaves.

Gerard Moreno, Espanyol – eight points

His side may sit in sixteenth in the table but Moreno is certainly not to blame for the side’s deficitis this campaign.

With 14 goals to his name, Moreno may well be eyeing any opportunities to move on from Espanyol come the summer.

If you enjoy Spanish football, then invite your friends and challenge them at now!

La Liga team of the week


La Liga threw up some surprising results last weekend, as well as one unsurprising star performance. Check out our team of the week, here!

Daniel Gimenez, Real Betis – seven points

A clean sheet in his first game of the season in Betis colours saw Gimenez’s team on their way to 2-0 win over Eibar.

His exploits in this rare appearance will have him hoping he can vie for a more regular berth in the team.

Victor Laguardia, Alaves – nine points

He may have only secured 21 points over the entirety of the season but Laguardia’s stella performance on the weekend saw him land a perhaps unexpected place in our team of the week.

Having given his side the lead in the first half, Laguardia then went on to keep a clean sheet to boot as his side ran out 2-0 winners.

Antonio Barragan, Real Betis – seven points

In what are perhaps unusual statistics for a defender, Barragan has bagged five assists this season but contributed to just seven clean sheets.

One of them came this weekend for former Liverpool man who is on loan from Middlesbrough- as he played a key role in a resolute performance for Betis.

Ruben Duarte, Alaves – five points

Another to benefit from Alaves’ clean sheet, Duarte is now on eight for the season – seeing him land on 21 points come the final whistle.

The win saw Alaves end a poor run of form as they appear to be safe from any residual threat of relegation.

Raul Navas, Sociedad – five points

Having started his 14th game of the campaign, Navas secures his fifth clean sheet – a fact that highlights how assured he can be when on his game.

Sociedad now sit in 12th place in the table and will be hoping the win is a platform from which they can launch an end of season burst from.

Pablo Hernandez, Celts Vigo – six points

The Celta midfielder marked his 25th game of the season with two assists as his team mate Iago Aspas led them to an inspired win this weekend.

Now 31, the Chilean International has failed to grab an assist to this point, but has secured 25 points.

Adnan Januzaj, Real Sociedad – six points

The Belgian midfielder bagged his side’s second goal in their 5-0 win as he hit three goals and 25 points for the season.

His career may have underwhelmed since he burst onto the scenes at Manchester United but there is now doubting his raw ability.

David Zurutuza, Real Sociedad – six points

Zurutuza secured two assists in his team’s comprehensive victory, an outstanding feat considering he only came onto the pitch in the 64th minute.

The French-born Spanish midfielder has been largely peripheral this season but will home that this performance can but him in the manager’s mind as an inconsistent season enters its final throes.

 Sergio Canales, Real Sociedad – five points

The former Madrid and Valencia man has made Sociedad his home since arriving in 2014.

The attacking midfielder opened the scoring for his side as they recorded a resounding victory over Girona.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 14 points

The iconic attacker netted a hat-trick in his side’s 3-1 victory over Leganes to put Barca 11 points clear of Atletico.

With 29 goals now to his name, could the Argentine be on the brink of a record sixth Ballon d’Or?

Iago Aspas, Celta Vigo – 14 points

The Spanish international has exemplified how perfect a fit he and Celta are this season, scoring a hat-trick against Sevilla to put him 19 goals for the season.

With 78 points to his name this campaign, it will be intriguing to see just how high he can finish.

If you enjoy Spanish football, then invite your friends and challenge them at now!