Welcome back to weekly football talk at myfootballstaff.com about Spanish LaLiga Santander 2018-19 today will have a quick look at the week 6 of top football league of Iberic Peninsula. Atletico Madrid had a slow start of the season but this week they got their second win in row this time in front of 47.109 home supporters on Wanda Metropolitano. Antoine Griezmann opened the score on 16th minute in a 3-0 victory. Thomas Partey doubled the score on 29th minute and Koke made it 3-0 on 33rd minute of the match. SD Huesca the team that promoted just this year in LaLiga had the bad luck to get beaten in Madrid but it can be a turning point for Diego Simeone’s team to boost their moral and focus on shifting Real and Barcelona from Spain dominance.
Ladies and Gents the surprises though arrived from the team you and us never could imagine this, Barcelona and Real Madrid the grands of LaLiga got beaten in the same machday. First it was Leganes that beat Barcelona 2-1. 26th of September might be considered a special day for Leganes because in just two minutes the local team gave checkmate Barcelona Football Club and pushed for a historical win 2-1 on Estadio Municipal Butarque. Phillipe Coutinho opened the score for visitors on 12th minute but in the second half Leganes produced a blitz on magic on 53rd minute Nabil El Zhar equalized and just a minute later Óscar Rodríguez Arnaiz put the Leganes ahead in a surprising style, though the defensive mistakes had pledged Blaugrana and in previous games but in this match the equalizer just didn’t arrived on time despite their pressure and chances created.
Valencia, well the second team from the same city was very close to their first win in the last three games after(last two games ended with a similar score 0-0) Michy Batshuayi opened the score on 25th minute in the home match against Celta Vigo. The hero of the visitors though was Iago Aspas that equalized on 85th minute.
After a warming up in the previous match in Valencia, where Sevilla beat Levante 6-2 in LaLiga Santander Week 6 on
Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Sevilla served a bitter pill to visiting Real Madrid beating them 3-0 without any right of doubt. Host was dominating the game from the start to end of the match and the score might be much bigger if all the occasions were successful finalized. All goals were scored in the first half and visitors had an entire 45 minutes to come back and get a draw if not a win but unfortunately for Real Madrid supporters it didn’t happened. Double of Andre Silva(17′, 21′) and third from Wissam Ben Yedder(39′) pulled Sevilla after this round on 5th place with 10 points after 6 matches.
After six rounds in LaLiga Santander 2018-19, Barcelona and Real Madrid remained the top of the league with 13 points each, Atletico Madrid joined them on third place with 11 points, Sevilla is on 5 with 10 points and Valencia after a third draw in raw finished the round 6 on 16th with 5 points in 6 games.
RCD Espanyol 1 – 0 Eibar
Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Rayo Vallecano
Atletico Madrid 3 – 0 SD Huesca
Between 21 and 23 of September 2018 were played the matches of 5th round of LaLiga Santander 2018-19 and it was normal that the grands of the Spanish football should’ve make all in their power to fix the shaky results that they might have in the previous weeks and slowly slowly create the gap to other contenders for the Champions Crown. Barcelona that won all four games in the begging of the campaign 2018-2019 had played on Camp Nou against Girona. Visitors that promoted last year in LaLiga from Secunda delivered a nice appearance and managed to stay in the top fight of Spanish football. As it was expected the host started the assault on the goal of Girona from the first minutes of the game and on 19th minute Lionel Messi opened the score. Visitors had already made a statement that they are very dangerous in the set pieces and Cristhian Stuani scored two goals to equalize and then to put his team ahead(45′, 51′). Gerard Pique scored on 63rd minute leveling the teams on the score sheet but despite their pressure and occasions Barcelona failed to keep their winning line and lost their first two points at home in a match with an overage opponent. In derbies against Sevilla, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Valencia, Ernesto Valverde gonna fix the hole from defense if they really want to retain the title in Spain.
In football every player and team must be focused 120% each match, each episode on order not to give the opponent the chance to outplay them and still the victory. This being said we have here Atletico Madrid that draw 1-1 at home with Eibar and was traveling this week to Getafe that won away at Sevilla 2-0. Diego Simeone’s team had approached the match with an aggressive attacking style that paid back and secured them a win after a double of the French winger Thomas Lemar that scored a goal in each of the times(14′, 60′).
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is a shrine for all those passionate about football because on this pitch had played and are still playing one of the greatest players in the history. From this stand point all people that are going to he matches of Real Madrid on a regular basis get used to see a lot of goals and most important the show of combinations, passes, dribbling and acrobatic display from their favorite team. Times are changing and most important the team is starting a new reign under Lapotegui. In week 5 of LaLiga Santander, Real Madrid had imposed themselves in front of RCD Espanyol with a minimal advantage 1-0 after the goal of Isco on 41st minute. Win is a win but for that particular part of supporters that were angry and upset by the display of their favorite team need to be done a reminder of the changes that are done and the rejuvenation of the team that is painful step but the necessary one to keep Real Madrid on the top of European and World Football.
One of the most interesting matches this weekend was in Valencia where Levante played Sevilla at Estadio Ciutat de València. It was a very dynamic game with 8 goals, two for the hosting team: Roger 12′, Moses Daddy Simon 90′ and six for visitors: Ben Yedder 11′, 35′, 45′, Carriço 21′, André Silva 49′, Sarabia 59.
Another week another goalless draw from Valencia, this time the away match against Villarreal ended 0-0 was more or less acceptable than a defeat but for all their fans and the rest of the people that are following LaLiga, the current performance of the bats looks like a thin ghost comparing with the squad that was winning games in raw in previous campaign.
After matchday 5 in LaLiga Barcelona and Real Madrid stays on first and second with 13 points each, Atletico Madrid climbed on 5th with 8 points, Sevilla on 7th with 7 points and Valencia after a second 0-0 draw ended this weekend on 15th with 5 point after first five games.
SD Huesca 0 – 1 Real Sociedad
Rayo Vallecano 1 – 5 Deportivo Alaves
Celta Vigo 3 – 3 Real Valladolid
Eibar 1 – 0 Leganes
Getafe 0 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Every year the start of the season is different from any single side. After winning three Champions League title in raw Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid that started a new chapter in its huge and successful history. By the way the royal club started there are a lot of thing to talk about and one of this is that Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale started to score more goals same thing with Isco and Asensio that get more importance on the pitch in the absence of Portuguese winger. In LaLiga Week 4 Real Madrid finished draw at Athletic Bilbao after they came back in the game and rescued a point with equalizer from Isco.
Atletico Madrid have their own problems in the defensive line where Diego Godin is not getting any younger and this week they dropped another two point at home with a 1-1 draw against the modest Eibar that was close to win the match but the late equalizer of Borja Garcés Moreno saved Diego Simeone’s side from humiliation in front of home supporters.
Despite their super attacking power Barcelona had massive problems in defensive line as well and thank to the goals of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, Ernesto Valverde’s team clinched a minimal victory 2-1 away at Real Sociedad. Hosts opened the score on 12th minute through Aritz Elustondo but felt short in the second half conceding twice on 63rd and 66th minute, so their advantage slip between the fingers.
Valencia is struggling to get a win this weekend and the game at home against Real Betis ended in a disappointing goalless draw 0-0 though visitors controlled the big part of the game and had more occasion to push the balance in their favor. With all this being said the bats that had transferred in summer Michy Batshuayi had to wait for another week to see Batman in action.
Sevilla was hosting in LaLiga Santander 2018-2019 Week 4 on Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in front of their fans the modest but tough team of Getafe that delivered an astonishing away win after Ángel Luis Rodríguez Díaz scored a double in the first half(3′, 38′).
After first four matches in LaLiga Santander 2018-19 Barcelona stays on the top, followed by Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid is on 9th place with 5 points in 4 games, Sevilla is on 12 with 4 point in 4 matches and Valencia ended this week on 17th with 3 points.
SD Huesca 0 – 1 Rayo Vallecano
Atletico Madrid 1 – 1 Eibar
Week 3 in Spanish LaLiga Santander 2018-2019 was quite a busy on with lot of goals and a few surprises as usual it happens in football. The transition of Real Madrid so far looks very well getting three wins out of three games same as their rival Barcelona. The major difference though is that Messi still scoring a lot of goals and the place on the score sheet was taken by Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. From my humble point of view Lapotegui is changing the strategy and tactics of the team he inherited and in this condition ladies and gentlemen we’re assisting to the resurrection of the striker Karim Benzema, that in the last couple of year became more of an assistant than a finisher in front of the box due the incredible form and impact that Cristiano Ronaldo was creating on the pitch and in the team. Well, Portuguese left and Los Blancos continue their brilliant start of the campaign. Sevilla and Ateltico Madrid got beaten this week and Valencia got only a draw in their derby with Levante.
Atletico Madrid didn’t start so well the current campaign of LaLiga 18/19 getting in the first two games a draw and a win. Celta Vido finished down by the middle of the table and didn’t qualify even for the international cups, though Iago Aspas the International Spanish striker, that played well in Russia this summer had quite a good campaign last year and scored for Vigo 23 goals in 35 matches. Maximiliano Gómez González opened the score for the host just a minute after the beginning of the second half and Iago Aspas doubled the score on 52nd minute. On 70th minute Stefan Savić got second yellow card leaving Atletico Madrid in 10 men, though the consolation or remontanda didn’t follow for Diego Simeone’s team that end up week 3 on 10th with 4 points in three matches.
On the best part about assigning Lapotegui at Real Madrid is that, the Spanish manager use to work in the national team under 18 and under 20 with majority players that are upcoming starts on Bernabeu, Carvajal, Asesio, Isco and more. Once the accent of the team got more balance there are plenty of opportunity to show that they deserve a chance and without Ronaldo they can still give a serious fight to Barcelona or Atletico for the title. In Week 3 of LaLiga Santander Real Madrid won 4-1 at home Leganes. It is not too long ago when visitors delivered a surprise and defeated the Zinedine Zidane’s team last season, this time revenge arrived. Gareth Bale unofficially the main star of the team opened the score on 17th minute. Seven minutes later Leganes equalized after a penalty taken by Guido Carrillo(pen.24′). In the second half Karim Benzema got a double(48′, 61′) and captain of Los Blancos made the final score on 66th minute after finishing from the penalty spot. Great start of the campaign with three wins in three matches.
The big night in Valencia this weekend held the local derby between Levante and Valencia known as Derby del Turia. Levante was hosting the match and started my better than their neighbors getting an early lead on 13th minute through Roger Martí. Russian winger that joined Valencia this summer Denis Cherishev equalized after just three minutes. Playing at home Levante got more threat in the attacking movements and the the double of Roger Marti arrived on the 33rd minute. Valencia rescued a point on Ciutat de Valencia stadium after Daniel Parejo equalized on 52nd minute after a penalty.
Barcelona had prepared the most interesting match of the week against new promoted Huesca in a thriller/horror match with 10 goals in which host imposed themselves 8-2. After geting a draw and a win the first two matches Huesc started tbold the match on Camp Nou and o third minute Cucho Hernández opened the score. Lionel Messi equalized 13 minute later and own goal of Jorge Pulido put the hosts ahead 2-1 on 24th minute. Luis Suarez got his name on the score sheet on 39th minute and Alejandro Gallar Falguera reduced the deficit for Huesca to 2-3 on 42nd minute and at the half time Barcelona had a minimal advantage 3-2. In the second half it was clear that the visitors got tired and the class of host paid it’s role as another four goals arrived in the net of Huesca. Ousmane Dembélé made it 4-2 on 48th minute, then Ivan Rakitic 5-2 (52′), Messi 6-2 (61′), Jordi ALba 7-2 (81) and extra time Luis Suarez got his second time from the penalty spot, end of the match on Camp Nou, Barcelona 8 Huesca 2.
Another local derby this weekend was in Sevilla, where Sevilla FC was playing away at Benito Villamarin against Real Betis Balompie. The 3 time winners of Europa League Cup felt short on their trip in the neighborhood as the captain and the lengent of Betis, Joaquin scored the winner on 80th minutes and send the local fans in the agony of haplessness. Betis 1 Sevilla 0.
Getafe CF 0 – 0 Real Valladolid
SD Eibar 2 – 1 Real Sociedad
Villarreal 0 – 1 Girona
Celta de Vigo 2 – 0 Atletico Madrid
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This summer in Russia the major blow for national of Spain arrived just days before the start of the World Cup. After Zinedine Zidane announced the shocking new that he is leaving Real Madrid, shortly after new statement arrived like a thunder storm on a clear sky, Julien Lapotegui will take the charge of Real Madrid and as a consequence he was removed from the management of Furia Roja at the FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018. From my humble point of view this was one of the major factor that blew up the chances of Spain to progress to far in the biggest international football competition.
Barcelona from another side is changing slowly but steady the philosophy of the game as well, different approach for attack, defense, ball possession and so on. Arrival of Malcolm, Arthuro and Vidal didn’t solved the problem from the back line but as long the attacking line orchestrated by Lionel Messi is doing their job, this thing is not gonna be a major issue in their trip for another successful campaign in Spain or in Champions League. In the first game of the season current Spanish champions, Barcelona won 3-0 on Camp Nou Deportivo Aleaves. The visitors are known for delivering a surprising results especially against the dominating team from LaLiga. This time they managed to finish the first half goalless and it is already like a semi achievement. In the second half Barcelona increased their pressure in the attack and on 64th minute Leonel Messi opened the score. Phillipe Coutinho double the lead of the hosts on 83rd minute and new Barcelona captain, Lenell Messi got his second goal in the extra time. Final score Barcelona 3, Deportivo Alaves 0.
Sevilla season started before the beginning of the LaLiga with the qualification matches for Europa League and must admit they were doing quite good in their new adventure in 2018-2019 in European Cups. In Spain their first game was away against new promoted from Rayo Vallecano and that was a match to watch. Franco Vázquez opened the score for visitors on 15th minute and from this moment on the Sevilla show started. Andre Silva who arrived from AC Milan got a brilliant debut game and notched a hat-trick(31′. 45′, 79′). Rayo Vallecano down 3-0 had scored the consolation goal on 85th minute with a well taken penalty by Adri Embarba.
After Zinedine Zidane left the club another key players around whom was built the success of Royal club from Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus for a fee of around €100m an astonishing amount of money for a 33 years old Portuguese superstar. The things are going in a clear direction for Real Madrid, the time of big changes is coming and the major achievements in the couple of years are less probable despite the huge amount of the talent that the club has in their current squad. So the first match of the season was very important to check the pulse of the team and try to see who will try to take the initiative to carrying the team in the void created after departure or Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite the news that the match on Bernabeu against Getafe had the lowest selling tickets rating in years, Real Madrid got their things right and on 20th minute Dani Carvajal opened the score. The Welsh international Gareth Bale get his name on the score sheet in the second half on 51st minute sealing with this a good start for his team in a season that is full of expectation from the veterans and full on uncertainty towards a team that is changing generations.
Atletico Madrid the fresh champions of European Super Cup in Tall in 2018, managed to keep their super stars like Griezmann and Godin and is one of the sides that will fight without any doubt with Barcelona for the title this year in Spain and in Europe. Diego Simeone’s players had their first LaLiga match away at Mestalla against Valencia and if you remember the last season the “Bets” got a huge development in the last couple of years and became a very competitive side. Ángel Correa opened the score for visitors on 26th minute and it seemed that all is going as per the plans made in Madrid. Valencia, playing home, supported by the crowd, improved the playing style and got a equalizer on 56th minute through Rodrigo(Moreno Machado). Final score 1-1 and neither of the sides got happy with this result, but he fact that still there are point for each of the sides provide the solid bases of delivering a solid campaign for both sides.
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Girona 0 – 0 Real Valladolid
Real Betis 0 – 3 Levante
Celta Vigo 1 – 1 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 – 2 Real Sociedad
Barcelona 3 – 0 Deportivo Alaves