Barcelona remain on course to regain La Liga title after they held on, Sunday night to seal 1-0 win over Celta Vigo. But it was Real Madrid who stole the headlines with an amazing 9-1 scoreline at home against Granada. The chase for the title continues.
It is Real Sociedad goalkeeper, Geronimo Rulli though who gets the nod as the goalkeeper in our Team of the Week. The 22-year-old was on top of his game, denying Malaga time and again in La Real’s 1-1 draw away in Andalusia.
In defence, Getafe duo Alexis and Sergio Escudero lead the pack after both players scored to hand The Deep Blues a 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna at the Coliseum.
Joining the Getafe duo, is Barcelona duo of Jeremy Mathieu and Gerard Pique. Both players were solid in defence in Barca’s hard fought 1-0 win over Celta Vigo. Mathieu scored a second key goal for Enrique’s side in back to back league games, while Pique further exhibited his return to top form, leading the Barca defensive line with class.
Atletico Madrid youngster Saul Niguez marked his return from injury with a key goal to push Diego Simeone’s men to a 2-0 win away at Cordoba. Niguez’s headed goal was a clear reflection of how Simeone wants his team to play.
Meanwhile back in Madrid, James Rodriguez was back in the Real Madrid team for the first time in 60 days. The wait was worth the while, and the Colombian showed Carlo Ancelotti exactly what he’s been missing as he put up a commendable performance. He had two assists to show for it, and it might have had more.
Levante’s 30-year-old midfielder Víctor Casadesús completes our three-man midfield after playing a huge role in Levante’s trouncing of Almeria. Casadesús got a goal and an assist in his side’s 4-1 win, and his performance was only bettered by hattrick hero David Barral.
It’s BBC upfront…but not quite what you thought. Barral scored his second La Liga hat-trick of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Almeria. The Spanish striker was simply unstoppable, and Almeria found it hard to cope with the threat he posed.
Bale is next, after he transferred his goalscoring form with Wales into Real Madrid. He opened the floodgates for Los Merengues as they went on to demolish Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu. The speedy winger also had two assists, and easily impressed everyone – including the boo boys.
Cristiano is the final name on the team after a record breaking performance against Granada. The Portugese had the Midas touch, and simply turned everything into goals, bagging five against the hapless visitors. He could have had more. Ronaldo is now the joint record holder (with Messi. I had to bring him in here somehow) for most hattricks in La liga history with 24 trebles. He’s back!