Halftimeng La Liga Team of Week 1 (2017/18)

No breath taking football by the Nou Camp giants but Messi and co managed a 2 – 0 win over the Betis, Deportivo were daubed 3 – 0 at the Riazor by Real Madrid. A largely bizarre outcome in Girona saw them hold on for 2 – 2 against Atletico Madrid even if the oddity was Antoine Greizmann seeing red – a stupid one at that. Other impasses saw Bilbao and Sevilla held at home against battling Getafe and Espanyol respectively. The peach of the bunch last weekend was the 5 goal thriller at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos where Sociedad pipped Celta Vigo 3 – 2.

In a weekend where 18 goals were scored, you could feel the goalkeepers had fairly good outings but none stood out than Costa-rican stalwart Keylor Navas who made key saves and kept out Florin Andone’s penalty keeping his first clean sheet of the season in fine fashion, Nacho Fernandez, another Real Madrid player makes the boulder at the back; the Deportivo attack look like a mere nothing; Aymeric Laporte was masterful for Bilbao putting up a performance with no splotch, one would hope this season comes good for the Frenchman after having an underwhelming 2016/17. Valencia’s Nacho Vidal was fantastic at right back when they defeated Las Palmas at the Mestalla, the 22 year old youth product seems to embrace keeping Alvaro Perez off the starting 11 at the moment; Jordi Alba completes the back four with a marauding performance for Barcelona, could be as a result of Valverde reverting back to a flat back four, but Alba looked very comfortable, sturdy defensively and gave Deulofeu an option going forward.
The midfield saw Casemiro (third Madrid player on the team) make the cut, shielding the defence and making Modric and Kroos do the damage going forward. Brazilian is probably the best holding midfielder in the country as it stands, Koke a magnificent all round performance against Girona especially when Greizmann got sent off, kept possession well and made an assist for the goal that got them a precious point considering the circumstances. Toni Kroos completes the three – man midfield with a near impeccable performance capping it with a trademark side footed finish against the Turcos
Girona’s Christian Stuani got off to his La Liga career on an impressive note scoring a brace in three minutes giving the fans at the Estadio Montilivi a piece of what to come – long may it be. Maximillano Gomez, another debutant scored a brace for Celta Vigo as the 21 year old announced himself in style after just joining from Defensor Sporting in his homeland, Uruguay, his eye for goal is exceptional; Willian Jose‘s involvement in Sociedad’s win at Vigo can’t be underestimated providing an assist and calming his nerves to score from the spot in the last minute of the game to hand his team a deserved 3 points.
Manager of the week is the Soceidad Manager Eusebio Sacristian as the 53 year old masterminded a 3 – 2 win away at Celta Vigo – taking revenge when they lost by the same scoreline at the Anoeta in 2015
**Pictures Courtesy Goal.com

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