La Liga: Best 11 Players of Week 14

Have Real Sociedad fallen? The club who were leading for so long have no wins in their six games and have dropped to 3rd place. Atletico Madrid lead with 29 points the same as the inform Real Madrid however Atletico has 2 games in hand over their city rivals.

Celta Vigo though are the team with the best form in the league which may come as a surprise. The club have earned 12 points from their last five games and have won 4 in a row. They have climbed up to 8th place as a result.

Barcelona have found form also and are in 5th place with 21 points and have gone their last three games undefeated. Lets’s take a look at who made the team of the week in the list below.

Goalkeeper: Rui Silva- Granada 7pts

Rui Silva kept his 5th clean sheet of the season and is valued at just 3m, and this came when Granada beat Real Betis 2-0 and he kept a clean sheet and his club have climbed up to sixth position.

Defender: Allan-Romeo Nyom- Getafe 6pts

Romeo-Nyom has kept 5 clean sheets and that may be seen as impressive for a club such as Getafe. Getafe beat Cadiz 2-0 away in a tough ground to win at to pick up their fourth win of the season.

Defender: Jeison Murillo- Celta Vigo 5pts

Jeison Murillo has not started the season well but picked up 5 points at the weekend and this could be a turning point for the player who is still on minus points overall and is valued at 3m.

Defender: Inigo Martinez- Athletic Bilbao 5pts

Inigo Martinez held firm at the back to keep his 3rd clean sheet of the campaign as Athletic Bilbao beat Huesca 2-0.

Defender: Djene- Getafe 5pts

Djene earned his 5 points after a mature and commanding display at the weekend. Getafe ended a 2 game losing run to beat Cadiz away from home and by 2 goals to 0.

Midfielder: Luka Modric- Real Madrid 4pts

Luka Modric now has 18 points after he earned 4 at the weekend as Real Madrid beat Eibar away from home 3-1.  Modric scored the 2nd goal to set Real on their way to victory and that is his 2nd goal of the season.

Midfielder: Roberto Torres-Osasuna 4pts

Osasuna were beaten at home 3-1 by Villarreal but this was a week of low scoring midfielders and Roberto Torres got Osasuna’s only goal of the game after scoring from the penalty spot. Torres has been in form lately though and his value is only 5m.

Midfielder: Lucas- Real Madrid 4pts

Lucas scored Real Madrid’s final goal as they beat Eibar 3-1 to climb to 2nd in the table. That was the midfielder’s first goal of the season and his value is 6.5m.

Midfielder: Yannick Carasco- Atletico Madrid 2pts

Yannick Carassco was a rock in midfield for Atletico as they got back to winning ways to beat Elche 3-1 at home. Carasco rounded off a very good game by assisting in Atletico’s 2nd goal of the game.

Striker: Karim Benzema- Real Madrid 8pts

Karim Benzema was brilliant yet again for Real Madrid as the veteran striker opened the scoring for the club against Eibar and then assisted in a further 2 goals. Benzema has 7 goals so far and has assisted in a further 5.

Striker: Luis Suarez- Atletico Madrid 8pts

It was another starring role for Luis Suarez who has been very good for his new club Atletico Madrid. They beat Elche 3-1 at the weekend and Suarez scored 2 goals including the opening one for his club. Suarez now has seven goals for the season so far.

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Fantasy LaLiga picks for the upcoming weekend’s games

We have another full schedule of LaLiga games coming up in Spain this weekend.

It’s time to look ahead to the upcoming games as you decide on what changes, if any, to make in fantasy LaLiga.

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

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Granada playing catch up with promotion rivals


Despite the Segunda Division season extending into June 2019, attention will quickly turn to the 2019-20 La Liga campaign, with the three newly promoted sides.

Osasuna won the second tier title, with an eight point advantage over Granada, with both sides returning to the top of the Spanish football pyramid for the first time since 2017.

Real Mallorca’s dramatic play-off final win over Deportivo la Coruna brings to end an a six-year absence from La Liga for the Balearic side.

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Tocado y ¿hundido?


Ya son demasiadas oportunidades de las que ha gozado el Osasuna. Concretamente 27 para intentar ganar más de 1 partido y de 14 para darle alguna alegría a su afición en el Sadar. Pero lo cierto es que los rojillos están hundidos en la clasificación. La salvación cada vez se antoja más complicada; son últimos con solo 11 puntos en su haber y la salvación se aleja ya a los 14. Eso es más del doble de puntos que ha cosechado en toda la Liga y cada vez quedan menos partidos para lograr lo casi imposible.

Es cierto que esta temporada se antoja como una de las más baratas en cuanto a puntos para la permanencia se refiere, pero ni con esas los pamplonicas lo ven sencillo. El partido de ayer frente se presentaba como una gran oportunidad para soñar un poco. Si ganaban aún sería complejo, pero podrían levantar la moral. Pero el empate los ha dejado noquedados. Están muy tocados, pero no sabemos si todavía hundidos.

Es la peor campaña del Osasuna en toda su historia. Pero, ¿por qué? ¿qué falla? Tiene jugadores de nivel, como Roberto Torres, Sergio León o Kodro, que están respondiendo bien. Pero desde el inicio de la Liga, se ha caracterizado por ser un equipo con mala fortuna; ya fuera por derrotas por la mínima, goles en el último minuto o decisiones arbitrales desfavorables. Pero eso no le ha eximido de que el juego desplegado fuera buena, pero en el futbol lo que mandan son los resultados. Al fin y al cabo, la moral va cogiendo una inercia, ya sea para bien o para mal. Y tan pocos puntos en tantos partidos no es culpa de uno, sino de todos. De nada sirve que haya habido hasta 3 entrenadores que se hayan sentado en el banquillo rojillo ni que se haya fichado a futbolistas de primer nivel en el mercado invernal, como Sirigu.

Pero mientras esperanza, hay vida, sino no sería fútbol. El Osasuna se enfrenta a uno de los mayores retos de la historia de la Liga, pero todavía se puede salvar. Tiene 11 partidos por delante, si convierte su estadio en un fortín (la afición nunca le ha dejado de lado) y encadena una racha de 2-3 partidos consecutivos ganando, volverá a creer en sí mismo. Difícil sí, pero no imposible.

Returning Ronaldo inspires Real Madrid to easy win over Osasuna


He hadn’t played for the club since the Champions League final. His summer was all about Portugal and Euro 2016 who won their first major silverware in the nation’s footballing history. At the Santiago Bernabeu they waited patiently- they still had of course Gareth Bale to keep the regulars entertained, but no one is quite like the charismatic Cristiano Ronaldo.

On a Saturday early evening the Portuguese star was back in Madrid for his first game of the season after finally recovering from injury that he received in the Euro 2016 final. A player that has broken and continues to break goal scoring records was on the pitch, the opponent was Osasuna. It took Ronaldo six minutes or 360 seconds to score his first goal of the season, in match that ended 5-2 for the hosts.

Five goals and five different scorers- Ronaldo, Danilo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Luka Modric all contributed to an exciting game. Osasuna played their part too, grabbing two goals and missing a penalty- had that gone in who knows if Osasuna themselves couldn’t have produced what would have been one of the all time comebacks?

This was a performance from Ronaldo and Real Madrid that secretly the fans love. It was in no way solid or professional- instead it was gung-ho, we’ll score more than you kind of attitude that rings back to the old Real Madrid attacking teams of the 1950s, or Brazil 82 if you like. Saturday was Hollywood in Madrid- the only negative being that the Los Blancos clearly underestimated their visitors and that could have come back to bite them. In the end it was three points as Real went clear at La Liga by two points- the icing on the cake would have been witnessing Barcelona’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to the hands of newly promoted Alaves.

This win also equalled a club record 15 wins in a row and Real will now be aiming to make that 16 and break the record when they take on Espanyol next weekend. It’s also interesting to note that the team are full of goals- 10 in their opening 3 matches and today three of the goals came from defenders.

Right now the likes of champions Barcelona and the ever impressive Atletico should be worried. Real are in great form, scoring goals and not relying on just one or two players to turn on the style. The European champions haven’t won La Liga since Jose Mourinho was manager back in 2012, for them five years next year is just too long. Zinedine Zidane the Real Madrid manager may not be admitting it publicly yet, but La Liga IS the priority this season.