Huesca relegated as Valencia continue push for Champions League qualification

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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

Atletico Madrid go back to basics to get results

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Atletico Madrid look to have recovered from their slow start to the season, with Diego Simeone’s side unbeaten in their last five games in La Liga and Champions League action.

Los Rojiblancos won just one of their opening four La Liga games, with underwhelming performances and just three goals scored.

Their start was particularly frustrating for fans after their impressive showing in the European Super Cup Final, where they beat bitter rivals Real Madrid in Tallinn.

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Spain may have turned a corner under Enrique

spainscoreSpain began their UEFA Nations League campaign with an impressive 2-1 win against Gareth Southgate’s England at Wembley, indicating they may have just turned a corner since their turbulent World Cup campaign. The appointment of Luis Enrique as Julen Lopetegui’s permanent replacement was seen by many as a positive move towards getting the Spaniards back to their best after a disappointing campaign in Russia this summer. Lopetegui was sacked just days before Spain’s first game in the tournament and while stand-in Fernando Hierro deserves credit for leading the nation to the tournament in such difficult circumstances he did not seem to be the right man for the job, hence Enrique’s appointment.

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Rodri Hernandez will shine in the centre of midfield for Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid look more than ready for the 2018/19 campaign, as their recent, monumental victory against local rivals Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final showed that they have the attacking force and squad depth to go on to competing in all competitions they take part in on all fronts.

With Gabi leaving the Spanish side after spending just over ten years within the first-team at his boyhood club, it will be up to Rodri to fill in the huge void left by the 35-year-old. It may sound like a hard job for him to complete, however, the Spanish midfielder has the capability with his number of abilities to go on to being a huge influence in the middle of the pitch for Diego Simeone’s team.

At the age of 22, Rodri has arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano for €20 million on a five-year deal, which is regarded as a fairly low fee for someone who has a lot of potential in today’s market. Just before the signing had become official by the club, it was quite a surprise to see that both Barcelona and Real Madrid did not show any signs at all of being interested in the former Villarreal player.

The central midfielder showed off his quality on a regular basis at Villarreal last season, where he came in for the injured Bruno Soriano and came up with a huge number of complete performances week in and out. Due to his natural knack of snuffing out the danger in his own half to setting his team off on the counter, there are no doubts that he will go on to have a successful career.

Atletico Madrid’s signing of Rodri should be seen as a fantastic piece of business completed by a club that are predicted to challenge for the La Liga and are expected to go far in the Champions League. Not only that, but the other signings of Gelson Martins, Nikola Kalinic, Santiago Arias and Thomas Lemar will only help Simeone and his men to achieve the objectives they have set out from the start.

Rodri returning to Atletico was eventually going to happen soon or later, given that he was born in the capital city of Spain and had spent just over six years in Los Rojiblanco’s youth academy before moving to Villarreal. Just before he had left, he was told by the coaches that managed and taught him on a day-to-day basis that he lacked the ideal physical strength to play for the club at any level.

Five years later, he returns to Atletico as one of the best up and coming central midfielders in the league, and is simply ready to silence the critics who had second thoughts on him back when he was a teenager. Also, Rodri playing week in and out for one of the best clubs in Spain and in Europe will only increase his chances of being recognised by Luis Enrique, who is the national coach of Spain.

Now, the main question is whether Simeone will stick to his style of play or will allow his team to play expansive football. If that was the end outcome, Rodri would have been perfect at producing many types of balls into the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Thomas Lemar. Meanwhile, he is currently doing fine in his role of playing at the centre of midfield, where he controls and dominates play on both sides of the pitch within the well balanced and effective 4-4-2 formation.

Iago Aspas must start for Spain against Portugal

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Not long now until Spain take on Portugal in what’s expected to be one of the games of World Cup 2018.

Though Julen Lopetegui still remains unbeaten as Spain coach since taking the job from Vicente del Bosque, there’ve been a few worrying signs in their last two friendlies against Switzerland and Tunisia.

Neither side pose the same threat as Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., and yet they made life difficult for La Roja in their warm-up games for the tournament.

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Germany and Spain lay out draw in La Liga-studded clash

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With La Liga action being suspended for the international break, we took the opportunity to take a look at how many of the Spanish division’s top stars performed in the clash between Germany and Spain at the ESPRIT Arena – a game that saw Barcelona’s Marc Ter Stegen and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos play for the hosts, as sixteen leading La Liga players featured in total.

Having come off the back of a successful qualifying group in which they won nine of their ten fixtures, Spain arrived in the game brimming with confidence and a desire to prove themselves against an elite side having whimpered out of the last two tournaments. Continue reading

The star La Liga performers over the international weekend

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No La Liga action from the week just gone but here are some of the star performers to have emerged from Spain’s premiere division from the international break!

Kaylor Navas, Costa Rica

The Madrid goalkeeper has been put under immense scrutiny over a tepid campaign for Los Blancos but secured a clean sheet for his national side in their 1-0 victory over Scotland.

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Los 5 mejores delanteros de la jornada 10 en la Liga

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La jornada número 10 no ha quedado marcada por ser la más goleadora, sin embargo destaca el hecho de que todos los equipos, salvo dos (Athletic y Betis), hayan anotado al menos en una ocasión. Estos son los 5 mejores delanteros de esta jornada liguera y los arietes que han ofrecido el mejor rendimiento durante el fin de semana. Continue reading