What is Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s ultimate goal with Real Valladolid?

In 2018 when Ronaldo, the 1990s Brazilian version became the majority owner of Spanish club Real Valladolid it certainly raised eyebrows.Why would Ronaldo become president of a club who were used to either being relegated or fighting in a relegation dog fight? The answer is the challenge and of course the affordability of the club, Ronaldo now owns 82% of the team, but is his project go after 2 years?

In Ronaldo’s first season of ownership Valladolid came 16th and just 4 points was the difference between staying in La Liga and playing their next season in the Segunda. Everyone at the club was obviously relived. They also made it to the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey which was no mean feat but all in all it was a season with a few highs and one to forget.

The next season saw an improvement in the league when they finished 13th but they had only ironically finished with 1 more point than the previous season and had only won a lowly 23% of their games.

This season marks the clubs 90th in existence. The objective of course is to improve and keep moving forwards. The club lost Mohammed Salisu to Premier League side Southampton but got a small fortune for him 12m euros. Transfers in and have been mostly free ones, though Fabian Orellana from Eibar catches the eye.

The project this season is to try and reach 50 points and finish in the top 10 and then for the season after qualification for the Europa League- this would be the best case scenario. But when Valladolid aren’t playing well one could just imagine that Ronaldo would love to rip off that suit, go back in time 20 years and get on that pitch pronto. The club lose a lot of games and that includes home ones, and this will be a frustrating role for Ronaldo before it gets better, and the fact is football can be cruel, it may never get better, especially if the club are relegated.

Valladolid played four pre-season games losing 2 of them but gained a decent 2-2 draw away to Portuguese side Braga in their last game before the La Liga season kicked off on September 12th.

In the league the club have played two games, starting with a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad at home and then a defeat away to Real Betis losing 2-0. Michel, the attacking midfielder has scored the clubs only goal so far.

It will be a long and testing season for the club with such limited funds, their next game is on September 27th when they will play Celta Vigo at home. Home games will be so important for the club, and they must pick up points here, that is going to be key for survival for the 3rd time in a row under Ronaldo.

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La Liga: Best 11 Players of the Weekend: Matchday 2

About half the teams in La Liga have played 2 games but matches are still being staggered and Barcelona for example will not play their first game until September 27th. Real Madrid, the champions did open their account and it was in disappointing fashion as they could only draw away 0-0 against Real Sociedad. But did any of their players make the final cut?

Check below to see if you’re fantasy players made the best 11 in Spain at the weekend.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Remiro- Real Sociedad 7pts

There were a few goalkeepers who kept a clean sheet and got 7pts but we will give the nod to Remiro of Real Sociedad who helped to keep Real Madrid at bay as the game ended 0-0. His value is 6m.

Defender: Aissa Mandi- Real Betis 5pts

Aissa Mandi makes the best 11 team for the 2nd week in a row. Mandi earned 5pts as his Real Betis team beat Real Valladolid 2-0 and he helped to keep a clean sheet and is becoming a stalwart of the Betis defence.

Defender: Marc Bartra- Real Betis 5pts

More points for Marc Bartra who played well alongside Mandi and there is a good relationship between the two players as Betis once again kept a clean sheet. Bartra is valued at 6.5m.

Defender: Fali- Cadiz 5pts

Fali came on in the 2nd half and helped his team shore up the defence and he kept his head as Cadiz beat Huesca 2-0 and kept a very important clean sheet away from home against the odds.

Defender: Djene- Getafe 5pts

Djene is a good defender who popped up in the best 11 players a few times last season and could be worth adding to your team. He helped his side Getafe keep a clean sheet as they beat Osasuna 1-0 at home at the weekend.

Midfielder: William Carvalho- Real Betis 6pts

Real Betis won their game 2-0 and William Carvalho scored a goal for the club to have a very good weekend. He was always a danger in midfield and seems to have hit it off with Nabil Fekir. It should be a good season for Betis.

Midfielder: Nabil Fekir- Real Betis 5pts

Nabil Fekir assisted and scored a goal but lost some points as he was booked. A very good player, his passing his sublime at times and he is valued in the fantasy team at 10m and has started the season very well.

Midfielder: Filip Malbasic- Cadiz 4pts

Malbasic might not be a house hold name but he helped his side Cadiz to a win at the weekend as he assisted in the 2nd goal which ended up being the winner towards the end of the game, he has started the season positively.

Midfielder: Adnan Januzaj- Real Sociedad 2pts

Just 2 pts has seen Januzaj make the selection in a weekend which was hardly vintage for La Liga, plus we are not back to a full schedule. He did well and held his own though in  midfield against the champions Real Madrid in a game that ended goalless.

Striker: Iago Aspas- Celta Vigo 8pts

Aspas is another player who kept finishing in the best 11 players of the weekend and he is becoming a real legend for his club Celta Vigo, Aspas scored both of Celta Vigo’s goals as they beat Valencia 2-1. He is worth so much to the club but you can add him to your fantasy team for just 8.5m.

Striker: Gerard Moreno- Villarreal 6pts

Moreno earned 6 pts at the weekend as Villarreal won their game 2-1. Moreno scored and assisted for the winner, and he had a goal disallowed so it was a very busy afternoon for the striker who deserves his place in the best 11 of the La Liga weekend.

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Will muscle memory be enough for Real Madrid this season?

Having come from behind to lead 2-1 Real Madrid appeared to be coasting to another three points to re-establish their advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Celta Vigo made the most of a late lapse in concentration from Zinedine Zidane’s side to snatch a point at the Santiago Bernabeu, boosting their hopes of avoiding relegation.

At the other end of the table, though, these two dropped points may prove costly for Real Madrid. The second Clasico of the season is now looming on the horizon, with Barcelona set to visit the Spanish capital on March 1. With just a single point between the two rivals that fixture could have a real impact on the Spanish title race.

Real Madrid have gone unbeaten in the league since losing to Real Mallorca at the end of October. Zidane’s side have built up a head of steam. Until the weekend they looked like champions-elect, especially with Barcelona struggling to adapt under a new manager and injuries crippling them.

Los Blancos were winning games through muscle memory. While their form has been impressive in a binary sense, they have won so many games by the odd goal here and there. Against Celta Vigo, the good fortune that Real Madrid have benefited from for months finally ran dry.

Of course, this good luck has become a trademark of Zidane’s stewardship of Real Madrid. The Frenchman is quite clearly a good coach, but it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint his individual strengths. This Real Madrid team is still a work-in-progress and that has shone through at various points over the course of the season.

“I don’t think he makes us weaker defensively, because he was good at the back, but you always bring out stats,” Zidane said after the draw against Celta Vigo, defending his selection of Marcelo “I’m happy with everyone for how they play and when they play. After taking the lead and five minutes towards the end conceding the draw, it’s not very good.”

It’s fortunate for Real Madrid that Barcelona are just as vulnerable as they are this season. The next few weeks and months will go a long way to determining how both teams’ campaigns will finish. Zidane must make sure his team learns from what happened against Celta Vigo on Sunday.

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It’s Valencia or West Ham for Maxi Gomez but surely the answer is simple

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Maxi Gomez who has had a solid 2 years at Celta Vigo scoring goals is wanted by two clubs in Europe, Valencia and West Ham. But which club will succeed in getting his services?

A few years ago this wouldn’t even be open for debate, Valencia would be the smart choice. A massive club who at one point in the last decade could challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance and had a very good team. Gomez could have joined and become a better player. But in 2019, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The best pull for Gomez to join Valencia is that the club will be playing Champions League football next season, and that is massive for any player who has never tasted playing at the highest level for club football. It’s a big ask for Gomez to turn that down when West Ham aren’t playing any European football next season.

Financially a move to West Ham would be better for Gomez too and the Hammers will be able to offer him much better wages. So where should the 22 year old go? The answer for some is an easy one and that is to play for West Ham in the Premier League.

The reason is due to two things. Firstly West Ham are clearly pointing in the right direction and having Manuel Pellegrini as boss is a great thing for the London side who have under achieved too much in recent years. The club have some genuine attacking quality and it is thought that they will be attack minded next season with the likes of Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko.

However does Gomez want to improve as a player and person? If so if you move to a foreign country and sample that experience and different culture. If he stays in La Liga he will be doing what most English players do and stay in their comfort zone. There isn’t much wrong with that but you usually become a much better player with a move to a different club and you learn more about the game. The move would be a massive plus for Gomez who could prove his qualities in a different league.

Who is the bigger club is the other question. True it is Valencia but they are not as big as they once were, and what happens if they exit the Champions League in the group stages and then struggle for top 10 status in the league it can happen and the club do have financial difficulties.

Going to West Ham would be a challenge for Gomez and it won’t be easy, but spreading his wings and giving the club a chance to see his qualities just seems like the right option to take. It will be interesting to see who Gomez picks over the coming days/weeks.

Celta Vigo look to natives for stronger season

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Celta Vigo are look for home comforts as they aim to improve on a nightmare campaign which almost culminated in their relegation from La Liga. It was the heroics of captain and star forward Iago Aspas which saved the Galician club from the drop – with the sum of their parts falling fall below their output as a team.

Celta have already completed the signing of midfielder Denis Suarez from Barcelona – eight years after he initially left the club – in a deal worth up to €16m after add-ons have been included. Os Celestes now have their eyes set on another Vigo-native who is on the market – Valencia forward Santi Mina. Continue reading

Top La Liga Strikers in 2018/19: Iago Aspas

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Apart from a brief switch to Liverpool and some loans Iago Aspas‘ name has always been linked to Celta Vigo and he has just finished the La Liga season on a personal high and had a very good season.

Aspas earned 89 points and was overall ranked as the 5th best striker in La Liga, that is no mean feat for a player from Celta Vigo. Aspas scored an incredible 20 goals from just 27 games, 26 of those games he started in and he also assisted in a further 6 goals.

Celta Vigo were able to keep six clean sheets when he played and he was booked five times over the season. What is remarkable is that Aspas was such a vital player for the club as he was involved in 26 of their goals from a grand total of 53 goals.

In the end Celta Vigo survived and only just from relegation as they finished in 17th place, and there is no doubt that the club remain in La Liga because of Aspas’ goals.

Aspas’ striker ranking for Spain’s La Liga finished at 14th and overall with all the major leagues combined he is ranked at 39th.

Aspas did not start the season off well, in his first game he didn’t score as Celta Vigo could only draw with Espanyol 1-1 and he also picked up a yellow card. In the next game Celta won but again he didn’t score and it meant that Aspas started his first 2 games with a total of -1 point.

But his form soon picked up and he scored points in his next 4 games, including scoring a brace against Real Valladolid in a match that was thrilling and ended 3-3 and he picked up 8 points. His biggest points haul of the season came in the game at home to Eibar which Celta Vigo won 4-0, Aspas scored a hat-trick and also earned bonus points as a consequence and earned a massive 14 points that weekend.

The best period though for Aspas was as the season was concluding and it looked like Celta Vigo could be relegated, both himself and the team fought bravely and in the last 9 league games he earned points in eight of them which ended up totalling 47 points and so more than half of his points were earned in this time period as he went soaring up the rankings.

Aspas only went 8 games in the season where he didn’t score a point and also his worst points total for a match was -1 point, this means that he stayed quite consistent throughout the season.

It’s interesting to note that Aspas earned exactly the same points (89) as he did the season before and at 31 he looks to be finding his best form for Celta Vigo.

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Week 36: Best 11 Players of the Weekend in Fantasy La Liga

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It was a weekend in La Liga where Barcelona lost only their 3rd game of the season as coach Ernesto Valverde rightly rested the majority of his team ahead of the clubs 2nd leg semi final Champions League match against Liverpool. Barcelona have already won the league and Celta Vigo defeated the club 2-0 which in turn boosted their survival hopes for this season.

Atletico Madrid also lost but they will finish in 2nd place as Real Madrid will not be able to catch them. The real amazing story to emerge from Spain is Getafe who are still on course to finish in the top 4 and make the Champions League. Below we take a look at the best 11 players from this past weekend in La Liga- were they in your team?

Goalkeeper: Ruben Blanco- Celta Vigo

A few goalkeepers picked up 7 points but a lot of credit needs to go to Celta Vigo’s Ruben Blanco who was able to keep a clean sheet against the mighty Barcelona. Barca did not play their strongest team but even their second string is good enough for a top  4 place and Blanco did very well as his club won 2-0.

Defender: Dimitri Foulquier- Getafe

Getafe kept up their top 4 hopes and Champions League qualification dreams by beating Girona 2-0 at home. Foulquier assisted in the first goal and was part of a strong defence that also kept a clean sheet to earn 7 points. The player is valued at just 3.5m and is 11th in the rankings for defenders.

Defender: Jose Angel- Eibar

Jose Angel has just 25 points this season but 8 have been earned this past weekend as Eibar earned a 1-0 win against Real Betis. It was the clubs 2nd successive clean sheet of the season.

Defender: Damian Suarez- Getafe

Damian Suarez is part of Getafe’s defence who did so well to help his team keep yet another clean sheet and give them a 3 point gap to their rivals. It was a fantastic display. Suarez has earned 46 points this season and is valued at 7.5m.

Defender: Bruno- Getafe

Another Getafe defender, Bruno was amongst the best and earned 6 points this past weekend. He has 41 points and is valued at 6m and was simply a rock in defence.

Midfielder: Jose Campana- Levante

What a weekend for Jose Campana who earned 7 points but it could have been much more as his team won 4-1. He opened the scoring and assisted in 2 more goals, but failure for a clean sheet and then getting booked brought down his points. Still one of the players of the weekend in La Liga.

Midfielder: Enis Bardhi- Levante

Incredibly the midfielders of the league did not score many points to get into this team. Bardhi highlights this case with just 4 points earned as Levante won 4-1 at the weekend. Bardhi scored the fourth and last goal of his clubs vital victory and he can be bought for 7.5m.

Midfielder: Ryad Boudebouz- Celta Vigo

Veteran player Ryad Boudebouz was able to celebrate a very rare victory over Barcelona as Celta Vigo beat the champions. Boudebouz assisted in the opening goal and from there on in there was only ever going to be one winner. The player has amassed 18 points this season from 12 starts.

Midfielder: Gonzalo Melero- Huesca

Gonzalo Melero earned 4 points this past weekend as Huesca were destroyed at home 6-2 against Valencia. The only bright moment for the player is that he came off the bench and within minutes had scored for his club to give the home fans something to cheer about. Melero is valued at 6m.

Striker: Santi Mina- Valencia

Santi Mina was a sheer delight at the weekend and picked up a brilliant 12 points as Valencia beat bottom club Huesca 6-2 away from home. Mina scored 2 and then assisted in 2 and had pretty much the perfect game. Mina is valued at 7m and has scored 6 times this season, but recent form has been devastating.

Striker: Mariano- Real Madrid

The 25 year old Mariano started just his 5th game for Real Madrid as they beat Villarreal 3-2 and the player justified his selection by Zinedine Zidane by scoring two goals and helping Real to all three points. He is valued at 9m.

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Celta Vigo to avoid La Liga relegation

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Celta Vigo look to have already done enough to secure their La Liga status, after a brilliant turnaround in form in recent weeks moving them up to 15th in the table.

Twelve points from their last seven games has seen them move away from the relegation zone, with three matches still to play.

Fans will not be happy until their safety is confirmed, but they will be getting increasingly confident of remaining in the top flight for the 2019-20 campaign.

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Fantasy La Liga picks for this weekend’s action

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Starting with Sevilla and Leganes on Friday night, there is another full schedule of 10 LaLiga games this coming weekend.

With Barcelona and Valencia still in European competition, will they be resting players? The two legs of the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals are on either side of this weekend which will influence team selections.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the weekend.

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Fantasy La Liga picks for this weekend’s games

La Liga

This weekend sees another full schedule of LaLiga fixtures so it’s time to be getting your fantasy LaLiga selections ready!

Starting Friday night with Alaves against Real Valladolid, all 20 teams are in action with the last fixture between Real Betis and Valencia on Sunday night.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the weekend.

Have a read and see if any tips stick out which might suit your fantasy LaLiga team this weekend. Continue reading