🇪🇸 2021/22 Laliga Season: News, Match Results, Stats and Discussions

This thread is for news and discussions about La Liga.

The 2021–22 La Liga is the 91st season of the La Liga, the top professional football league in Spain and one of the most popular leagues in the world. It began on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 22 May 2022.

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  • 2021/22 season La Liga Match Previews, Match Results and Reviews
  • News of your favorite Clubs and Players in the La Liga

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Real Madrid continued their preparations for Sunday’s LaLiga Santander clash with Levante with a training session at Valdebebas.

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2020-21 season :arrow_right: Euro 2020 :arrow_right: Olympics :arrow_right: 2021-22 season

Ronald Koeman says that Pedri will play on Saturday then take a two-week break. He’s played 74 games since last season without interruption :laughing:

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Ronald Koeman: “It is true that from tomorrow, he will rest for 2 weeks. I’ve spoken with Luis Enrique and it is their decision to call him for the national team games in September - but we will give some rest to Pedri because he needs it"

PEDRI’S FINALLY GETTING A BREAK :raised_hands:

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The LaLiga table after opening weekend… :mag_right:

Who are you backing for promotion?

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:soccer::soccer: Angel Correa
:soccer::soccer: Erik Lamela
:soccer::soccer: Benzema
:soccer::soccer: Braithewaite

:fire:2⃣ Four players scored braces on the opening weekend of #LaLigaSantander 21/22!

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Frenkie de Jong is currently the most valuable player in La Liga, according to Transfermarkt.

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:large_blue_circle::red_circle:One year ago today, Ronald Koeman was unveiled as the new FC Barcelona manager

He has a winning percentage of 63,6%, the 11th best in the club’s history⚽️

Where do you see this Barça squad at the end of the season? :thinking:

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Atléti gives a mini replica of the La Liga trophy to all the players who were crowned champions.:red_circle::white_circle:
[Photo from Luis Suarez’s Instagram story]

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Athletic Club host Barcelona at San Mames on Saturday night in a match that for so many years has been conditioned by the presence of Lionel Messi, with the Argentine losing just four of his 41 matches against the Basques and scoring a total of 29 goals in that time.

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Nigeria prospect Arnaut Danjuma has been included directly in the Villarreal squad to face Espanyol in Saturday’s Spanish topflight outing, two days after joining from Bournemouth.

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Ronald Koeman has opted to start Gerard Pique and stick with an unchanged starting line-up from the one which beat Real Sociedad as his team face Athletic Club.

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Athletic Club vs Barcelona - Official line-ups

Barcelona: Neto; Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, Memphis Depay.

Athletic Club: Julen Agirrezabala; Inigo Lekue, Dani Vivian, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga, Unai Vencedor, Dani Garcia, Alex Berenguer, Iker Muniain, Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams.

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The big news from Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid squad to face Levante is the return of Dani Carvajal, alongside Jesus Vallejo’s first call-up this season.

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The full Real Madrid squad to face Levante

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin and Toni Fuidias

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho, Alvaro Odriozola and Miguel Gutierrez

Midfielders: Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Lucas Vazquez, Isco and Antonio Blanco

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Gareth Bale, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes

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Nigeria prospect Arnaut Danjuma has been included directly in the Villarreal squad to face Espanyol in Saturday’s Spanish topflight outing, two days after joining from Bournemouth.

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Game is over and the final score is Athletic Club 1:1 Barcelona.

Match Events

0’ The match is about to start!

6’ CLOSE! Braithwaite’s shot over the bar

11’ CLOSE! Sancet’s hits the beam

18’ De Jong makes an important clearance

19’ Yellow Card! Martinez booked

21’ Depay’s free kick too straight

35’ Williams’ shot wide out

40’ Williams’ long shot too straight

46’ Foul! Araujo’s goal disallowed

46’ Araujo makes an important clearance

50’ GOAL! Athletic Club 1-0 Barcelona (Inigo Martinez)

53’ Dest’s shot too straight

64’ Neto makes decent save

73’ CHANCE! De Jong hits the beam

74’ GOAL! Athletic Club 1-1 Barcelona (Depay)

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Much was made of Gerard Pique’s condition this week and, despite Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman playing down claims he was injured in his pre-match press conference, the defender had to leave the field at San Mames after half an hour.

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Memphis Depay scored a second half goal to help Barcelona rally to earn a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club on Saturday night at the Estadio San Mames in Bilbao.

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Match Report

For stretches of the encounter Barcelona looked out of sorts, but they regrouped nicely in the second half to pull level through Depay after Inigo Martinez had given the Basque hosts a lead early in the second half.

Coach Ronald Koeman used the same starting XI that he fielded in last week’s opener against Real Sociedad, with Depay, Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite charged with leading the attack.

Barcelona were having difficulty trying to play out of the back against Athletic’s pressure. Things became even more complicated later in the first half when Gerard Pique had to depart with an injury and was replaced by Ronald Araujo.

The back-and-forth tempo of the first half continued into the second half and Berenguer had it all there to break the deadlock after Inaki Williams had gotten the best of Eric Garcia, but Araujo managed to clear the ball off the line.

Athletic kept the pressure on and it paid off on a corner kick when Inigo Martinez turned in a header to hand the home side a 1-0 lead.

Barcelona looked bereft of ideas in the attacking third, so Koeman went to his bench in hopes of finding some sort of spark and summoned Sergi Roberto and 18-year-old Austrian starlet Yusuf Demir for Braithwaite and Pedri, respectively.

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