Four things we learned from Spain’s Day 7
MADRID, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) – In La Liga’s seventh round, Real Madrid were held at home by Villarreal, FC Barcelona were smiling again and Atletico Madrid’s problems in front of goal continued for a while. week. Here are a few things we learned this weekend in La Liga:
1. Fati helps Barça to smile again
Ansu Fati returned to FC Barcelona on Sunday almost a year after sustaining a knee injury, which required four surgeries to recover. The 18-year-old forward wasn’t just back, he was back with a goal as Barca beat a disappointing Levante 3-0 to ease the pressure on Ronald Koeman, whose job could have been in jeopardy in the event of defeat.
Barca got off to a perfect start with two goals in the first 15 minutes to calm nerves, and never looked back after that.
Fati had been touted as a ‘new Messi’ after breaking into the first team two years ago, and his loss has been a major handicap for Barca in recent months. Koeman is a realist, but has to hope he will help ease his problems.
2. Villarreal keeps Real Madrid at bay
Unai Emery’s Villarreal took a well-deserved point during his visit to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday night after keeping Real Madrid at bay for much of the meeting.
Emery filled his midfield against Real Madrid and closed his attacking lines, perhaps pointing out that although players such as Casemiro, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavigna have fantastic engines, with Luka Modric looking tired and without Toni Kroos, Madrid sometimes struggle to feed themselves decisively. players such as Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.
Carlo Ancelotti used Valverde as a stopgap on Saturday, possibly showing a lack of confidence in Lucas Vazquez to cover injured Dani Carvajal, and this lessened Valverde’s impact on the game.
3. Atletico’s troubles continue
Times are worrying for defending champions Atletico Madrid, who suffered a surprise loss to Alaves on Saturday afternoon.
Alaves had lost all five of their games this season and Atletico were set to inflict the No.6 defeat. But after Victor Laguardia led the home side ahead, Atletico once again failed to create the chances. that he needed.
It’s hard to explain how a team made up of players like Luis Suarez, Yannick Carrasco, Rodrigo de Paul, Angel Correa and Marcos Llorente should have failed to score in four of their last five games, but Diego Simeone will likely be happy to see midfielder Koke back for Tuesday’s visit to AC Milan in the Champions League.
4. Control the agenda at Mestalla
While it’s well known that Valencia boss Jose Bordalas and Athletic Club Bilbao’s Marcelino Garcia Toral (former Valencia coach) disagree, they share a similar football philosophy of trying to shoot the make the most of what they have in their teams.
Athletic have rock solid defense and an organized midfielder that lacks creativity, and they seek to control the ball, limit the spaces available for their rivals and make full use of set pieces, while Valencia also seeks to keep things tight while using the beat. wings.
It looked like Inigo Martinez’s header from a set piece would see Marcelino’s tactics rewarded, but a 95th-minute goal saved the day for Valencia in a tactical match between two well-balanced teams.