La Liga: Best 11 Players of Week 21

The most stunning result of the week was Real Madrid’s 2-1 loss at home to Levante which may have sealed the league title for the all-conquering Atletico Madrid who went on to win their 16th match of the season. Diego Simeone’s side are now 10 points in front of Real Madrid and Barcelona and have a game in hand over them.

Barcelona continued their impressive run of wins with a 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. From the last 30 points available Barcelona have won 26. Sevilla are in form in 3rd place and they have won 3 games in a row as they beat Eibar.

There were only 2 home wins in the last weekend of La Liga and 21 goals from 9 games played. Let’s take a look below at the players that made the team of the week. Do you have them?

Goalkeeper: Bono- Sevilla 7pts

Bono makes the team of the week again and he earned his 7 points pulling off some great saves as in form Sevilla beat Eibar 2-0 away from home to keep in contention for a Champions League place.

Defender: Diego Carlos- Sevilla 5pts

Diego Carlos came on from the bench and helped Sevilla to 7 clean sheets of the season. Carlos has been reliable this season and his value is just 6m and he has earned 28 points in total.

Defender: Daniel Wass- Valencia 8pts

Daniel Wass was the unlikely hero for Valencia as he scored the only goal as they beat Elche 1-0. He also kept a clean sheet to earn 8 points this week.

Defender: Jeison Murillo- Celta Vigo 5pts

Jeison Murillo has kept 3 clean sheets for Celta Vigo this season and whilst he has struggled at times and actually has minus points so far he remained solid as his club drew 0-0 away to Granada in a tricky fixture.

Defender: Xabier Etxeita- Getafe 5pts

Xabier Etxeita earned 5 points as Getafe, at home, drew 0-0 with Alaves. The defender has 14 point so far and his value is a real bargain at just 3m.

Midfielder: Joan Jordan- Sevilla 6pts

Joan Jordan earned 6pts as he scored for Sevilla as they beat Eibar 2-0. The player has formly assisted in 3 goals but this is his first of the season for the club and sealed all three points.

Midfielder: Saul Niguez- Atletico Madrid 4pts

Saul Niguez was able to score a goal for Atletico Madrid which got them back into their game against Cadiz. Atletico won the match 4-2 in a very entertaining game.

Midfielder: Toni Villa- Real Valladolid 4pts

Valladolid lost 3-1 at home to Huesca in a disappointing match for the club. But at least for Toni Villa he scored the consolation goal in the 93rd minute and that would have injected some confidence for him going into the next game.

Midfielder: Daniel Parejo- Villarreal 4pts

Villarreal could only draw 1-1 with Real Sociedad at the weekend and Daniel Parejo opened the scoring, but lost points as Sociedad scored. Parejo has played well this season though and has 22 points so far.

Striker: Alvaro Negredo- Cadiz 8pts

Alvaro Negredo was a menace for league leaders Atletico Madrid and the veteran striker scored 2 goals as his team Cadiz eventually lost 4-2.But for Negredo it marked a good personal game and if he can score a brace against the league leaders than he can think to score against any club. Negredo now has six goals for the season.

Striker: Luis Suarez- Atletico Madrid 8pts

Luis Suarez is having a fantastic season and the deadly striker scored another 2 goals as Atletico Madrid beat Cadiz 4-2 away from home and they have now taken a 10 point lead at the top of the La Liga standings. Suarez is the leading scorer in the league with 14 goals, two ahead of Lionel Messi.

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Huesca relegated as Valencia continue push for Champions League qualification


Valencia turned on the style to hit Huesca for six, confirming relegation for the bottom-of-the-league side in the process.

Marcelino’s team bounced back from their 3-1 Europa League semi-final first leg defeat at Arsenal in the best possible way.

It took just two minutes for the away side to take the lead. Daniel Wass was allowed far too much space on the edge of the box before putting his shot past Roberto Santamaria in the Huesca goal.

In the 16th minute, Rodrigo raced onto Santa Mina’s pass to round the ‘keeper and roll the ball in to make it 2-0 to Valencia. Continue reading

La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 5

garcia3Last weekend’s La Liga action saw Girona recording a 3-2 home win against Celta Vigo in arguably the best of the action throughout the Spanish top flight, while Getafe did themselves plenty of credit with their 2-0 win at Sevilla. Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao, and Barcelona managed to scrape a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad despite performing far from their best. This coming weekend sees Barcelona welcoming Girona to the Nou Camp, while Real Madrid host Espanyol. Atletico Madrid have a trip to Getafe, while Eibar and Leganes do battle in a match surely worth keeping an eye on. With all that in mind, let’s take a look ahead and see which 11 players to monitor in the next round of matches.

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La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 4

oblak2Two weekends ago, Barcelona recorded a massive 8-2 victory over Huesca and Celta Vigo earn an impressive home win against Atletico Madrid, this weekend’s lineup is shaping up quite nicely. Atletico will be looking to get things back on track as they host Eibar, while Espanyol hosting Levante could be well worth a watch considering both sides’ early season form. Let’s now take a look at which players to keep an eye on in the fourth round of games in the Spanish top flight this weekend.

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Three under the radar signings to watch in La Liga this season

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Seemingly with each transfer window that passes, the amount of money being spent by leagues around the world continues to soar. In the Premier League and Serie A alone, clubs have combined to collectively spend a mind numbing 2,159,150 billion euros this summer. In comparison, La Liga sides have been more prudent, spending a combined 689,920,000 million euros. Indeed, much of the attention garnered by the league this window has  centered around the players who are departing Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus naturally hoarded most of the oxygen, as Real Madrid lost one of the best players in the world and undoubtedly the sport’s most marketable star. Many have wondered what the ramifications would be to the league as a whole, however that has not stopped other clubs from making history with their acquisitions.

Eight clubs have broken their transfer fee record so far this summer (Alaves, Atletico Madrid, Eibar, Espanyol, Girona, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal), proving that many clubs are financially healthy and willing to compete. Nevertheless, there has still been a flurry of shrewd signings that could prove to outperform the fee they were originally purchased for.

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at three players who could pleasantly surprise for their clubs this upcoming season.

Daniel Wass (Valencia) – It has been a relatively quiet window for La Liga’s biggest surprise team of last season. First year manager Marcelino orchestrated an incredible turnaround for Valencia, guiding the club to a 4th place finish on 73 points — just three  behind 3rd placed Real Madrid. Going into the summer, the primary objective of Los Che was to hang on to their on-loan stars — such as Geoffrey Kondogbia and Goncalo Guedes — who were instrumental in the teams ascension. While Guedes’ future is still anything but certain, Valencia were able to iron out a deal to keep Kondogbia at the Mestalla long-term.

Nevertheless, Marcelino was steadfast in his determination to improve the depth of his squad and he did just that with the signing of Daniel Wass from cross country rivals Celta Vigo. At a bargain price of €6m, Valencia have secured an incredibly versatile player who can fill in at both full back positions and across the entirety of midfield.

The right side of the midfield was a particularly thorny issue for Marcelino a season ago, but he now has the services of the experienced Dane, who featured over 100 times the past three seasons and became a mainstay in Galicia.

Takashi Inui (Real Betis) – Another surprising outfit from a season ago was none other than Real Betis. After a difficult stretch, Los Beticos righted the ship to finish an impressive 6th in the table. In an effort to build on that, Quique Setien’s side have been very busy shopping with a particular focus in the bargain aisle.

Seeking out quality players with expired contracts, Betis was able to find a gem in the form of Japan international Takashi Inui. After a sparkling World Cup, in which he scored twice and became one of his nation’s most beloved players, Inui decided to burn his commitment to Eibar and instead move to Andalucia on a free transfer.

The Japanese winger played 34 times for Eibar in La Liga last year, notching five goals for the offensively challenged side. At 30 years old, Inui will now feature for a setup that harbors ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League under the tutelage of a manger renown for his attacking style of play. In what is likely the last big contract of his career, Inui will be determined to show that his performance in the World Cup was merely just a preview of what’s to come.

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) – Who ever said mistakes can’t be undone? Three years ago, Villarreal sold Gerard Moreno to Espanyol for 50% of his rights and a poultry fee of 1.5 million euros. The forwards departure hardly made waves at the time, yet Moreno would prove to be one of the league’s most productive bargains over the course of his stay in Catalunya.

The Spaniard was especially potent a season ago, as he bagged 16 goals in La Liga, only three fewer than Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. Moreno’s prowess in front of net was imperative in saving Espanyol from potential relegation. Scoring nearly 50% of his sides goals, Moreno was the attraction for Los Periquitos.

Villarreal were undoubtedly impressed; setting a club record by splashing out 20 million euros in order to retain his services. The pressure will be on Moreno to replicate his form, yet all signs point to the 26-year-old continuing to grow into his own. Finishing fifth last year, Villarreal will hope to do one better this time out and land themselves an automatic Champions League spot. With Moreno leading the line, they should have every opportunity to make their dream turn into a reality.

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