Halftimeng La Liga Team of Week 11

A La Rosaleda thriller set off a fascinating weekend in the La Liga
where Malaga edged past Sporting Gijon 3-2,Real Soceidad did the
unthinkable when they smashed in two against a rudderless Atletico;
Real Madrid are still unbeaten in the league and are now top of the La
Liga table beating Leganes 3 – 0.

Deportivo La Coruna,Granada,Osasuna still languishing somewhere at the
foot of the table not doing much to keep their survival hopes alive
even though its still early days.

Here are my selections for the week:

Goalkeeper – Geronimo Rulli (Real Soceidad)

Latitant at his progress since he joined Real Soceidad two years ago
from Argentina, i still cant comprehend how he never gets a senior cap
for his country. Commanded his defence well and when they failed, he
was brave to deny Greizmann with a finger tip save. Rulli probably
not in the category of the Neuers or De Geas but when you realize that
the Argentine number 1 only gets games at Manchester United only when
Fleetwood or Dover Athletic are the opponents, then players like ‘Nimo
Rulli really need to get a look in.

Defender – Diego Reyes (Espanyol)

Mexican on loan from Porto looks like he’s finally finding his feet in
Catalonia. Was massive against Bilbao last weekend,shielded the ball
well when he had to,distribution was effortless as he looked very
comfortable on the ball; ultimately i think Quique Sanchez Flores has
worked superbly on his positioning. Bilbao didn’t have any shot on goal,
Reyes was that effective

Defender – Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)

That leaky Barcelona defence needed to be reinforced after a
lugubrious performance against City last midweek in the Champions
League; Argentine was beastly at Sevilla on Sunday night notably his
timely lunge on Vitolo and Vietto. Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan is always a
very difficult place to visit but Mascherano rose to the occasion and
did extremely well. Samuel Umtiti should be chuffed to bits for having
to play alongside him

Defender – Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

The Lille born defender has had a quiet start to the season,
understandably so, having to miss the Euros through injury and having
to contend with Sergio Ramos, Pepe and more recently Nacho for a spot
in the Centre Back position but looks like the Leganes games was ideal
for him, snuffed out dangers well,distribution was good,at times tried
to initiate attacks. Varane is tailor made for great things,needs to
just get his confidence growing,he will transform from a potential to
the real deal

Defender – Marcelo (Real Madrid)

This lad is the best left back of his kind in the world, you will
probably agree with me if you dont like “cagey” football. Yes,his
performance was very fulgent against a lowly Leganes but he has a way
of just making a chance for himself and teammates. Incase you want to
bring the ” he is a defender” argument here, he made the most
interception in La Liga last weekend

Midfielders – Ignacio Camacho (Malaga)

In a season where Malaga has been quite tepid and skittish, Camacho
has been quite consistent and was very instrumental in their win
against Gijon. He is more or less the pulse of the team; goes about
his business on the pitch quietly and effectively too.

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Midfielders – Marcos Llorente (Alaves)

Things havent really gone well for Alaves since that famous win at
the Nou Camp getting a paltry five points out of a possible 21 making
the visit to Osasuna vital. Christian Santos got the important winner
but Marcos Llorente was flawless, given he is only 21 i think he will
be a star,his technique and all round awareness is exceptionally
superb .

Midfielders – Roberto Soriano (Villareal)

Not many a times do you see a goal like Soriano scored against Betis. Soriano was sublime all through, making the yellow submarines tick; he was available to pick and recieve a pass, his
artistry and soothing performance, places Soriano as one to admire.

Forwards – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

This crinigerous Argentinean hirsute is the bravest footballer in the
world. Enough said….

Forwards – Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

When you just sign a $22m per year deal which runs until 2022, you
have got no choice but to start repaying the trust that got you the
deal in the first instance. Bale is doing just that caping an absolute
belter in Warsaw on Wednesday with a brace against Leganes. You can’t
just fault his form.

Forwards – Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Highest goal scorer in the league,only behind (Of Course) Lionel
Messi, with 8 goals, 3 assists, averaging a goal every 103 minutes, 57%
chance conversion rate. He is the best striker in the Primera Liga in
my opinion, we can only enjoy his obvious talent and pray he doesn’t
bite anyone anytime soon.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
http://www.halftimeng.com

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