🇪🇸 La Liga News, Match Previews, Results, Discussions - 2020/21 Open Thread

This thread is for news and discussions about La Liga.

The 2020–21 La Liga is the 90th 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 12 September 2020 and will conclude on 23 May 2021.

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  • 2020/21 season La Liga Match Previews, Match Results and Reviews

  • News of your favorite Clubs and Players in the La Liga

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Brief Information about La Liga

The La Liga was founded in 1929. A total of 20 teams contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2019–20 season and 3 promoted from the 2019–20 Segunda División. This includes the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the winners of the play-offs. A total of 62 teams have competed in La Liga since its inception.

The Primera División is currently first in the UEFA rankings of European leagues based on their performances in European competitions over a five-year period, ahead of England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga, and Italy’s Serie A in fourth.

Qualification for European competitions

  • Top four clubs in the table qualify automatically for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League.
  • 5th place Club: Group stage of UEFA Europa League
  • 6th place Club: Third qualifying round of Europa League
  • Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) winner: Qualifies for group stage of Europa League regardless of league position.

Real Madrid are the reigning champions winning the title a record 34 times and FC Barcelona 26 times.

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Top 10 Fun Facts About Real Madrid C.F.

  1. Real Madrid was found in 1902.
  2. Real Madrid has never face relegations to the second division.
  3. Real Madrid is the first Spainish team to number their players.
  4. Real Madrid controversial signing of Alfredo Di Stefano will be remembered forever.
  5. Real Madrid C.F best win in El Clasico was 11-1.
  6. Real Madrid C.F was unlucky club in the first ever Spainish Football League.
  7. Real Madrid C.F longest await for European success was 32 years.
  8. Real Madrid is the most popular football team in the world with more than 228 million supporters.
  9. “The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu” stadium of Real Madrid C.F is named after the former president Santiago Bernabeu Yeste.
  10. Real Madrid is declared as the best club of the 20th century.
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Luis Suarez has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss athletico clash with Barcelona

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Barcelona fear that winger Ousmane Dembele has no interest in renewing his contract at the club and will depart on a free in the summer of 2022

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Real Madrid join Barcelona and Inter Milan in transfer race for Liverpool ace Georginio Wijnaldum with contract expiring.

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Real Madrid and Inter Milan have have held talk over a potential swap deal involving Isco and Christian Eriksen

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Ousmane Dembele ‘one of five players’ Barcelona are looking to sell in January.

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Real Madrid have given away five penalties in their last three La Liga matches :grimacing:

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Eden Hazard goes off after sustaining another injury at the 28th Minute of their match against Alaves :expressionless:

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Real Madrid 1-2 Alaves: :scream: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Goals from Joselu and Lucas Perez earn Alaves their win. It’s the first time Alaves have earned an away win against the giants Real Madrid since May 2000.

Real Madrid lost their third league game of the season and Eden Hazard to another injury.

Thibaut Courtois gifted the visitors their second goal by playing the ball straight out to former Newcastle striker Joselu who scored.

The first goal was also a present from the Champions – Nacho handballed in the area and former Arsenal and West Ham forward Lucas Perez rifled the penalty past Courtois.

Casemiro pulled back a goal for Madrid in the 86th minute from close range while Isco almost found an equaliser in the sixth minute of added time but his shot bounced off the crossbar.

Benzema, Ramos and Fede Valverde, all injured and watching from the stands, held their heads in their hands. If those three are now to be joined by Hazard again Zidane will have to keep shuffling his increasingly thinning pack. ‘I hope it’s just a knock and not muscular,’ Zinedine Zidane said after the game.

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Goals scored by Antoine Griezmann from outside the box in LaLiga and the UCL:

◎ 2019-20: 1
◉ 2020-21: 1

Equals last season’s tally with a sensational strike against Osasona
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Real Madrid have conceded five penalties in their last three LaLiga games, as many as in their previous 52 games in the competition.

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Lionel Messi has 34 trophies at Barcelona :trophy:

34 :exploding_head:

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Food for thought: Only 5 points separate LaLiga’s 5th team (Sevilla) from LaLiga’s 15th team (Osasuna) in the standings right now. Cádiz and Granada in the upper end of the spectrum, in 6th and 7th respectively.

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Interesting! :face_with_monocle:

I wonder if I should take that as a positive picture for La Liga implying a competitive set of clubs or interpret it as a sign of deteriorating competition in the league barring the top clubs. :thinking:

Sad to see Barcelona at the 7th spot where as Atletico Madrid on the 2nd spot for the same number of games played. :worried:

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In as much as there is an obvious decline in performance amongst Laliga’a top guns (Real Madrid and Barcelona) We can Also acknowledge the fact that other teams has massively improved in terms of their quality, which has ultimately enhanced the competitiveness in the league.

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:bar_chart:Lionel Messi features in SofaScore’s @LaLiga Team of the Week.

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Atletico Madrid are still unbeaten in Laliga this season. :sunglasses:

Are they the favorites to win the league? :thinking:

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Only four times has a player attempted 10+ shots in a LaLiga game in 2020:

Lionel Messi vs. Valencia (11)
Lionel Messi vs. Levante (10)
Lionel Messi vs. Alaves (10)
Lionel Messi vs. Cadiz (10)

He has failed to score in any of those games when attempting 10+ shots. :exploding_head:

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