La Liga’s Top Midfielders – Angel Correa

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Our series of spotlight pieces on the top performing midfielders from the 2017/18 La Liga season sees us take an in depth look at Angel Correa – the second highest point scoring midfielder, whose exploits saw him hit 81 points as he excelled for los Rojiblancos.

Capable of playing on the right of the midfield or in a more advanced position, Correa has often drawn comparison to his countryman Carlos Tevez due to his bullish approach to the game that is accompanied with his good technical ability, low centre of gravity and Continue reading

La Liga Team of the Week

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Want to see our team of the week from La Liga’s most recent action? Check it out here!

Daniel Gimenez, Real Betis – seven points

The keeper has played twice for his club this season, keeping consecutive clean sheets in the process.

The 34-year-old’s performance helped his side to a 1-0 win over Girona and he will be hoping his run can put him in the frame as a first team contender for next season.

Damian Suarez, Getafe – nine points

The 29-year-old scored the decisive goal in his side’s fiery 1-0 win in which Flamini saw red in the second half.

The side’s ability to dig in for the win symbolised a mentality that has seen Suarez earn eleven clean sheets and 45 points across the season.

Sime Vrsaljko, Atletico madrid – seven points

The Croatian international has not always been a fixture this season but always dependable when called upon.

With 11 clean sheets and four assists in his 17 games, Vrsaljko  remains more than valuable to Diego Simeone.

Diego Godin, Atletico – five points

The Uruguayan has kept a highly impressive 17 clean sheets this season, helping him to 78 points so far across the campaign.

His exploits helped Atletico onto an impressive 3-0 win this weekend as they look to run the campaign in with a flourish.

Victor Laguardia, Alaves – five points

Another player to be named in our team of the week for consecutive turns, his Alaves side ran out 1-0 winners against an uninspired Eibar.

Laguardia now has six clean sheets this season, an impressive tally when considering the fact he has managed just 14 appearances over the campaign.

Casemiro, Real Madrid – four points

The Brazilian scored what proved to be a pivotal second goal for his side as they ran out 2-1 victors against an all-but-relegated Malaga.

Casemiro may not have had the best of campaigns over 2017/18 but his goal saw him hit 35 points for the season.

Daniel Parejo, Valencia – four points

Parejo has managed 49 points across the campaign, his seven goals and seven assists seemingly likely to help Valencia to a Champions League spot for next season.

Parejo scored a late penalty during the weekends action, but it was not enough to facilitate an unlikely come back at the Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona – four points

Coutinho is finally starting to find his groove for Barcelona, setting up his one-time Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez to score the games opener.

The Brazilian now has nine goals and 11 assists across La Liga and the Premier League, seeing him hit 77 points across the two competitions.

Angel Correa, Atletico Madrid – eight points

The Argentine midfielder has been a valuable member of the Atletico side this season, making 32 appearances for Simeone’s men.

Correa now has 75 points, thanks in part to his 15 goals – one of which game in their comprehensive win over Levante.

Isco, Real Madrid – six points

It’s been a tough campaign for many in the white of Madrid but Isco has arguably been one of the better performers.

He got the opener against his old side Malaga as he hit six goals and six assists in his 27 games.

Adrian Lopez, Deportivo La Coruna – eight points

It’s been a disappointing season for relegation threatened La Coruna but Adrian’s brace in the 3-2 victory over Bilbao gives them a sniff at survival.

If they are to stay up then the form that has seen him secures nine goals in 25 appearances will prove crucial.

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Intrepid Barcelona fight back at Sevilla in Game of the Week

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Our La Liga Game of the Week saw Sevilla and Barcelona play out an entertaining 2-2 draw at La Bombonera as the visitors valiant fightback saw them come from two goals behind to retain their unbeaten streak in this season’s campaign.

Having lost two games on the bounce in a season that has seen them undergo intermittent periods of bad form, the hosts came into this tie with an attitude suggestive that they believed they had a point to prove.

With Correa having missed an early opportunity to put his side ahead, he made amends by setting up Franco Vasquez to open the scoring, the latter scuffing home the Argentine’s ball from six yards out. Continue reading

La Liga Game of the Week: Atleti show mettle with resounding 3-0 win over Celta Vigo

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This week’s La Liga game of the week saw Atletico Madrid bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona that all but put an end to their title hopes with a resounding 3-0 victory over a Celta Vigo side that remain outside hopefuls for a spot in next year’s Europa League.

Despite the emphatic score line that greeted the adoring Atletico fans come the tie’s final whistle, there was little to suggest for the best part of the first half.

With it appearing ever more likely that both sides would return to the changing rooms at a dead heat, Atletico’s talisman Antoine Griezmann seized the initiative for the hosts on the stroke of half time as he pounced upon an offensive header in the box at the far post, cooling turning the onrushing header and drilling it into the far top corner. Continue reading

Se busca socio para Griezmann

PARTIDO DE LIGA ENTRE EL ATLETICO DE MADRID Y EL VALENCIA. GOL 3-0

Griezmann ya huele la vuelta tras su sanción en Girona. ¿El Atlético le ha echado de menos? Está claro que en Las Palmas no, porque se fue de la isla con una manita, pero en Valencia se acordó mucho del francés. El inminente partido de Champions ante la Roma y la esperada inauguración del Wanda el próximo fin de semana pueden ser claves para que Simeone termine de elegir a su otro delantero para la temporada. Pero, ¿quiénes son los candidatos para acompañar a Antoine en la delantera y qué opciones tiene cada uno? Continue reading

Un Sevilla muy americano

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El Sevilla afronta una nueva era. Tras la marcha de Sampaoli y de Monchi, se enfrenta a nuevos retos. El primero será certificar el pase a la Champions League; y para ello el nuevo entrenador y los nuevos fichajes tendrán mucho que decir. Las nuevas incorporaciones proceden del continente americano, concretamente hay 10; de los cuales 4 son extracomunitarios.

Argentina – 7
A pesar de haber salido Kranevitter y Vietto, el Sevilla cuenta con 7 argentinos en su plantilla. Nico Pareja, Gabriel Mercado, Walter Montoya, Franco Vázquez y Correa ya integraron el vestuario de la campaña anterior, pero este año se le han unido dos argentinos más.

Banega ha regresado a Nervión tras una época ligeramente gris, pero quiere volver a triunfar en Sevilla. Pizarro es la otra cara nueva que, tras grandes éxitos en México, ha logrado dar un salto importante en su carrera.

Brasil – 2
Ganso y Mariano son los futbolistas brasileños que integran la plantilla sevillista. El primero tiene toque y clase, aunque no consiguió hacerse con un puesto de titular durante la época de Sampaoli; mientras que el segundo es un lateral diestro ofensivo que se ganó la total confianza del antiguo míster.

Colombia – 1
Muriel es el único jugador colombiano. Se trata del refuerzo estrella de este año y del fichaje más caro en la historia del Sevilla: 20 millones de euros. Tiene 26 años, es internacional con su selección y ha cosechado diversos éxitos en clubes italianos.

Ganso, Montoya, Mariano y Muriel son los 4 extracomunitarios del club. Cabe recordar que la Liga solo permite inscribir a 3, por lo que el Sevilla está intentando agilizar que uno de ellos – Mariano – consiga esta documentación al llevar ya tres años en España. De lo contrario, tendría que darle salida a alguno de ellos: y los dos primeros de esta lista son los que más papeletas tienen.

Curiosamente, el entrenador – Berizzo – también es latinoamericano. El míster es argentino y se suma a la larga lista de americanos en Sevilla, algo que contrasta con los solo 4 españoles que hay en la plantilla.