The Best 11 Players in La Liga 2020/21 so far

With internationals taking over the domestic season last week and this week we look at the players who are making all the noise in the Spanish league so far. Just who has been the best performing players this season?. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have struggled so far, and only 1 player overall has made the final cut- who is it? Just who has been making the biggest impact so far in the league? In a 4-4-2 formation we will find out below:

Goalkeeper: Remiro- Real Sociedad 35pts

Remiro and Jan Oblak have the same points and have clearly been the outstanding goalkeepers in La Liga, however Remiro has played more games and whist Oblak was expected to have a great season Remiro wasn’t. The shot stopper has kept 5 clean sheets so far this season and Real Sociedad are top of the league.

Defender: Kieran Trippier- Atletico Madrid 27pts

Kieran Trippier is currently the best defender in Spanish football with 27 fantasy points earned. Atletico Madrid are in great form and the Englishman has helped to keep 5 clean sheets at the back and has also assisted in a goal. His value is 7m.

Defender: Mario Hermoso- Atletico Madrid 21pts

Mario Hermoso alongside Trippier has been solid as a rock in Atletico Madrid’s defence and has helped keep 4 clean sheets, he has played 2 less games than Trippier with five matches completed so far, his value is 5m.

Defender: Stefan Savic- Atletico Madrid 20pts

Atletico Madrid dominate the defence in Spanish football that is because they have staggeringly only conceded 2 goals this season from their seven games played. Savic has 20 fantasy points so far and has helped keep 4 clean sheets.

Defender: Felipe- Atletico Madrid 19pts

Felipe not only defends well but also has pace on the counter attack and is yet another Atletico Madrid player to make it in defence this season. The club have only conceded 1 goal at home and 1 away. Felipe has helped to keep 4 clean sheets.

Midfielder: Portu- Real Sociedad 30pts

So far Portu has been the best defender in the league and has 30 points after a blistering start which has saw his team Real Sociedad in the top position. He has been involved in 6 goals, scoring 4 and assisting in 2 and has been a revelation this season, his value is 8.5m.

Midfielder: Marcos Llorente- Atletico Madrid 25pts

Back to Atletico Madrid and their best midfielder has been Marcos Llorente. He has scored 3 goals and assisted in two others. He has been a great fixture in the middle of the field and one of the best players in the league so far overall.

Midfielder: Angel Correa- Atletico Madrid 22pts

Angel Correa has been able to link up well with Llorente in midfield. His contribution to the team has also been very important. He isn’t much of a goalscorer, although has scored this season but he is all about assist, and has already set up 4 goals this season.

Midfielder: Federico Valverde- Real Madrid 20pts

From Real Madrid and Barcelona it is incredible to think that only 1 player has made this team of the season so far. It’s been an interesting season though. Valverde has scored 3 goals and assisted in one, in an otherwise bumpy start for Zinedine Zidane’s team.

Striker: Mikel Oyarzabal- Real Sociedad 27pts

With Real Sociedad being the best team so far in the league it is no surprise that they have a striker who has started so well. Mikel Oyarzabal has chalked up 27 points through scoring six goals and also assisting in a further two. His current value is only 8m and he could end up being the best striker over the season at this rate.

Striker: Paco Alcacer- Villarreal 24pts

Paco Alcacer seems to be having a second wind as a striker and has done well with Villarreal so far this season. He has scored 5 goals and assisted in 2 and wit 24 points he is currently the 2nd best striker in Spain. His value is a real bargain at just 3m.

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How Jokin Aperribay and Imanol Alguacil have guided Real Sociedad to the top of La Liga

Take a look at the La Liga table and the team sitting on top are none other than Real Sociedad. The club from the Basque country are showing their best form since they almost won the league title in 2002/03 after an epic battle with Real Madrid. But what chance does the club have now of repeating that challenge and maybe going one step further?

Club owner Jokin Aperribay will be celebrating 10 years as president and though they haven’t always been memorable at a team like Sociedad a lot of work must go on in the background to see the benefits down the line and that seems to be paying off this season.

Real Sociedad really are a throw back in time to when teams did not spend millions on the latest talent. Sure Sociedad have dipped into that arena once or twice but the clubs core values are simply to promote from within and their youth system is of utter importance.

A few years ago Aperribay said: “When they come to the first team it’s incredible news, these players come up through our system and know our colours, they understand our community and they are willing to push that and work hard and be part of the community and understand why we are here.” This is a reinforcement of promoting from within something that has all but died with most European clubs and especially the elite and it is a refreshing method.

The choice of coach at the club then shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Imanol Alguacil is Sociedad through and through. The 49 year old started his career at Sociedad playing for the B team and spent a total of 9 years with the club in the 1990s. His managerial career has followed suit and he has only been in charge of either the Real Soceidad B team or the senior and that has been ongoing since 2011.

Imanol as he is widely known by just his first name in Spain stands for everything that Sociedad represent. A local that played the majority of his career with the club and is now coach- Sociedad’s ethics simply wouldn’t have it any other way. And for this season especially Imanol’s inner workings of the club and the backing of the president are seeing all of that hard work rewarded.

There is real quality in the side and leading the fantasy rankings is Remiro the goalkeeper who already has 28 points and has kept 4 clean sheets and only conceded four goals since the beginning of the season.

Attack is good too in the form of Mikel Oyarzabal who has scored 5 goals and assisted in a further 2. Portu has been a rock in midfield and he also has a total of 28 points and has scored four goals and assisted in another two and these are players that are regularly making the best La Liga team of the weekends.

One of the most important players for Sociedad is arguably David Silva. Though he is coming to the end of his career the talented player- a legend for Manchester City and much missed in England has impressed for his new club. But what else would one expect from one of the best players of his generation in the last decade. The move felt like a surprise but Silva is obviously content and the experience that he can bring to the side just in the dressing room really can’t be measured.

Presently Real Sociedad sit in 1st place with 17 points and have won 4 games in a row. Even though Real Madrid are just a point behind and have a game in hand what is encouraging is that Sociedad are scoring goals. It really is the best way to measure a team. The club beat Celta Vigo last weekend 4-1 and before that put another four goals past Huesca. In all they have scored 14 goals in their past four games and have 18 so far this season which is easily the most in the league.

How far can Sociedad go this season? We should know more by Christmas but their main rivals at this time will be Real Madrid and the emerging Atletico Madrid.

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La Liga: Best 11 Players of the Weekend: Matchday 7

El Clasico was the game on everyone’s mind and yes it felt strange to witness a Barcelona and Real Madrid game without any fans. It was Real Madrid who picked up the three points though as they recorded a rare with at Camp Nou winning 3-1. The pressure will be on Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman as he saw his side slip to 12th place!

Real Sociedad are top of the league after winning their 3rd game in a row when they easily overcame Huesca 4-1 and Atletico Madrid are creeping up the table after going 5 games without defeat and at the weekend they beat Real Betis 2-0.

Let’s look at the La Liga team of the weekend, did any of your players make the final cut?

Goalkeeper: Marko Dmitrovic- Eibar 7pts

Marko Dmitrovic was hailed as something like a hero at the weekend as Eibar beat Sevilla 1-0 away from home. He made some important saves as Sevilla had over 20 attempts on goal and though a few goalkeepers picked up 7 points he seems more deserving in this vital and important away victory.

Defender: Mario Hermoso- Atletico Madrid 7pts

Atletico Madrid continued their fine by beating Real Betis 2-0 and it was important for the club to record a clean sheet also. Mario Hermoso was brilliant at the back and also assisted for the clubs first goal which opened up the chance to win the game.

Defender: Facundo Roncaglia- Osasuna 5pts

Facundo Roncaglia put in a good display at the back as his club Osasuna beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0. The game looked to be heading for 0-0 and so a clean sheet was going to happen but Osasuna then got a last minute penalty.

Defender: Kieran Trippier- Atletico Madrid 5pts

Kieran Trippier has really impressed since joining Atletico Madrid and he put in a stellar performance as his club kept a clean sheet in beating Real Betis 2-0. Trippier is the 3rd best ranked defender in the league and has already picked up 20 points this season.

Defender: Carlos Akapo- Cadiz 5pts

For the second week in a row Cadiz have impressed and at the weekend they held off Villarreal to draw 0-0 with them and keep another clean sheet. Carlos Akapo has 13 points overall this season and at 5m looks like a very good price.

Midfielder: Marcos Llorente- Atletico Madrid 6pts

Marcos Llorente opened the scoring as he saw his side Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0. He also had a superb time in midfield controlling the game and creating chances and very much deserves his 6 points which now puts him on a total of 18.

Midfielder: Ruben Garcia- Osasuna 6pts

Ruben Garcia did not start the game but came on as a substitute because of an injury, and the fate was sealed in this game. Garcia converted a last minute penalty which gave his club all three points.

Midfielder: Tomas Pina – Alaves 6pts

Tomas Pina opened the scoring as Alaves overcame Valladolid 2-0 he now has 7 points overall and can be snapped up for just 3m. Pina took his goal well and that was the goal that set up his team for victory.

Midfielder: David Silva- Real Sociedad 4pts

David Silva has fitted into his new club with ease and he put in a commanding display as Real Sociedad beat Huesca 4-1. He assisted in the final two goals which was just the icing on the cake and put in yet another vintage display.

Striker: Mikel Oyarzabal- Real Sociedad 7pts

Mikel Oyarzabal makes the final cut for a 2nd week in a row and the Real Sociedad player is on hot form as he scored another 2 goals at the weekend to keep his side top of the league. Oyarzabal now has 4 goals this season and has also assisted in a further two.

Striker: Kike- Eibar 4pts

Kike scored the only goal that beat Sevilla in a 1-0 victory, which was taken in the first half. Kike now has 3 goals this season and has an overall points record of 12 and he can be brought into your team for the value of 6.5m.

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Sevilla stay in race for top four with big win over Real Sociedad

Sevilla

There were goals galore at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on Sunday evening as the home side romped to a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad.

The win keeps Pablo Machin’s team in the hunt for a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Inspired by the brilliance of their striker Wissam Ben Yedder, Sevilla managed to turn a 1-1 half-time scoreline into a 5-2 victory with a breathtaking second-half display.

Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick after the interval to bring his La Liga tally for this season up to 15 goals.

La Liga Best XI – Week 12

williamsWith the latest round of La Liga taking place this past weekend, it is now time to cast our minds back and see which players performed their roles the best for their clubs. There were, as always, some quality games on display – Barcelona losing for only the second time this season at home to Real Betis was something of a shock, while Real Madrid made it two wins on the bounce with their 4-2 win at Celta Vigo. We will be adopting a 4-3-3 this week, so let’s get to it.

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La Liga Best XI – Week 8

navarroEstadi Montilivi was the place to be seen in La Liga this past weekend, with Girona losing at home against Eibar in a five-goal thriller. Brazilian forward Charles had given the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, before two goals from Cristhian Stuani late in the first half briefly turned the game in the hosts’ favour. Anaitz Arbilla levelled up deep into injury time, before a second half goal from Sergi Enrich allowed the guests to leapfrog Girona in the table, shooting up to 12th. Elsewhere, Alaves recorded a hugely impressive 1-0 home win over Real Madrid, while Barcelona were held at Valencia. Let’s take a look, then, at the best XI from La Liga from the eighth round of games!

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