#sports activities La Liga: Things we learned from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla
The third spherical of the LaLiga season ended with reigning champions Real Madrid on high following their 3-1 win at Espanyol, whereas Real Betis continued their excellent begin to the season by beating Osasuna.
Barcelona thrashed Valladolid 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski netting twice whereas there have been additionally wins for Celta Vigo, Real Sociedad, Mallorca and Almeria.
Sportsmail’s man in Spain, Pete Jenson, rounds up what we learned from the newest set of Spanish fixtures.
1. Asensio and Hazard on the market… however does anybody need them?
Real Madrid will settle for provides for Marco Asensio or Eden Hazard earlier than Thursday’s deadline. Neither performed any half within the crew’s dramatic late victory over Espanyol.
The downside shall be a scarcity of takers. Asensio has Jorge Mendes looking for him a membership however as issues stand neither he nor Hazard has a suitor that pursuits the participant.
Eden Hazard’s depressing time at Real Madrid might lastly come to an finish this week
2. There’s already controversy within the high scorer race
Seven objectives in three video games between Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema and it is clear the battle to complete high scorer in Spain will replicate Madrid and Barca’s title race.
There’s controversy already, too, with some arguing Lewandowski’s second purpose in opposition to Valladolid wouldn’t have gone in if it had not deflected off a defender and so he ought to have three like Benzema.
Marca have given him the purpose and it is their objectives desk that counts in Spain.
There was controversy over a deflection for Robert Lewandowski’s second purpose on Sunday
3. Almeria’s Sadiq and Ramazani are dynamic duo
Almeria’s entrance two have each scored twice and may very well be the strike partnership of the season if the membership do not promote them this week.
Umar Sadiq is overpriced at 30m euros [£25.6m] however then that did not cease Newcastle signing Isak for £60m and the Nigerian ahead scores extra objectives.
Largie Ramazani, in the meantime, has magic in his ft; the previous Manchester United youth crew participant was unplayable once more as Almeria beat Sevilla on Friday.
Largie Ramazani (left), a former Man United youth teamer, has impressed for Almeria
4. Spain’s greatest striker is not within the Spain crew
Spain coach Luis Enrique does not fancy Iago Aspas and we can solely assume that is for non-football causes as a result of on the pitch – aside from Ansu Fati when match – there isn’t any one higher.
He was the highest scoring Spaniard in LaLiga final season with 17 and with three in three this season he has continued in the identical vein.
How ever was he so poor at Liverpool? And why is he not within the Spain squad?
Iago Aspas scored 17 objectives in LaLiga final season and has already began on hearth this season
5. Old rocker Pellegrini nonetheless high of the pops
Betis haven’t any cash, they’ve struggled to register new signings and Hector Bellerin needs to go there however they cannot afford him.
But Betis have Manuel Pellegrini, so no downside. He was not too previous to mannequin the membership store on the touchline throughout final yr’s spectacular cup run which led to them lifting the trophy.
And when his Betis crew go to the Santiago Bernabeu subsequent Saturday will probably be a high of the desk assembly of two sides with a 100 per cent report.
They have began properly, and he is received a gathering together with his previous ‘pal’ Jose Mourinho to sit up for within the Europa League.
69 subsequent month, he’s nonetheless among the finest within the enterprise.
Real Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini is 69 subsequent month however stays among the finest within the enterprise
6. So a lot to do, so little time
This may very well be the busiest near a switch market in a very long time with so many golf equipment needing to maneuver gamers and make signings.
Real Sociedad should signal not less than one striker to exchange Isak however Valencia have overwhelmed them to the signature of Edinson Cavani.
Espanyol ahead Raul de Tomas can be up for grabs. Villarreal will promote if somebody makes a critical provide for Danjuma or Yeremy Pino.
And Barcelona nonetheless want to finish the sale of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang earlier than Thursday.
Barcelona have but to finish the sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with time expiring
7. Man City should not be troubled by Sevilla
Project Monchi is stalling. They have one level from three video games and desperately want reinforcements with former City midfielder Fernando now struggling to carry issues collectively in the midst of the pitch for them.
They want a striker however haven’t any cash. An early exit from the Champions League shall be costly although – it is stick or twist time for LaLiga’s most necessary director of soccer.
Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos and Rafa Mir seemed dejected as their aspect misplaced 2-1 away at Almeria
8. Laporta retains playing and retains profitable
Sporting a shiner within the administrators field on Sunday (the results of an ‘unimportant home accident’ based on the membership) Joan Laporta had a lot to smile about as Barcelona beat Valladolid.
He put up his personal cash within the type of a deposit lodged with LaLiga final week so the membership might register Jules Kounde.
The defender performed his half as Barca turned on the fashion once more in entrance of one other big crowd.
There had been 84,000 to observe it, and that after 81,000 watched the primary house sport of the season. The ‘if we construct it, they’ll come’ strategy appears to be working.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta was sporting a shiner from an obvious ‘home accident’
9. Outfield participant in purpose won’t ever lose its appeal
Short of seeing a keeper go ahead to get his head on the tip of a nook, few issues high an outfield participant taking the gloves. Some even find yourself as matchwinners.
Leandro Cabrera did not make it into that membership on Sunday evening. He was so shattered from having chased the shadow of Benzema for 90 minutes he might solely watch because the Frenchman’s free-kick sailed previous him.
Espanyol’s Leandro Cabrera takes the gloves following Benjamin Lecompte’s sending off
10. The 100-minute match may very well be right here to remain
That third purpose from Real Madrid was scored with 100 minutes on the clock and a number of video games on the weekend made it to minute 100.
It’s true that cooling breaks shall be ditched as soon as temperatures drop, however there’s a need so as to add on each minute doable this season and punish time-wasting groups.
A participant can now come on at minute 85 and nonetheless have quarter-of-an-hour to affect the sport.