HALFTIMENG LA-LIGA TEAM OF WEEK TWO

On Friday, the fixtures in the Primera Division started and ended in Stalemate as Espanyol were pegged back to a 2-2 draw at home against Malaga while a Lucas Perez – less Deportivo La Coruna held Real Betis to an uninspiring scoreless draw at the Benito Villamarin leaving Manager Gus Poyet frustrated with one point from two matches.

Saturday saw Eibar beat Valencia 1-0,Osasuna losing at home to Real Sociedad and staggeringly, newly promoted Leganes held Diego Simeone’s led Atlético Madrid to a stalemate – Rivals, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-1 win against Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu

Alaves and Villarreal continue slow starts to the League when they could only get a point each when they played Sporting Gijon and Sevilla respectively. Granada got pummeled for five, Barcelona wrapped up the fixture on Sunday with a vital single goal win at Bilbao.

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Jon Ander Serantes – Leganes

Leganes can’t ask for a better start to life in the La Liga after raking in 4 points out of a possible six and the Leganes stopper has been instrumental to that course more notably against Atlético Madrid, keeping Yannick Carrasco, Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres at bay to be the only side yet to concede a goal in La Liga. If Leganes wants to remain in the Spanish top flight division, Serantes needs to produce performances like that every week

LEFT BACK

Antonio Luna – Eibar

The Ex Aston Villa defender was tremendous against Valencia, strong in tackles, marauded the byline well and dealt with everything thrown at him. Admittedly, there were some excellent supporting roles from his team-mates at the back, notably Gonzalo Escalante. His defending produced the goods when Eibar needed it most

Center Back

Aissa Mandi – Real Betis

Algerian International was at his commanding best after his pussyfooted display at Camp Nou a week ago. I have particularly watched Mandi a few times when he was in Reims before his move to Spain, He’s quite decent with good awareness off the ball but he has significantly improved with the way he organizes at the back. At only 25, he can only get better as long as he’s open to learning more.

Center Back

Matteo Musacchio – Villarreal

Argentine was sensational throughout Sunday’s game versus Sevilla and showed the sort of leadership qualities that seem to be desperately lacking especially when they were knocked out in Champions League qualifying by Monaco last week. Can’t remember the last time I saw defender not give the ball away through the entire 90 minutes.

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Right Back

Unai Bustinza – Leganes

The Spaniard’s performance is probably the most professional of the back four against Atlético. He refused to fly into tackles just for the sake of it. Impeccable stuff

Midfield

Toni Kroos – Real Madrid

He needs little or no introduction. Masterfully put away his goal with sublime technique with less than 10 minutes left to clinch the winner on Saturday night. Kroos is not on my team because of that alone, he floated around the midfield picking out passes with guile and authority.

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Midfield

Asier Illaramendi – Real Sociedad

After been humiliated at home on Match day 1 versus Real Madrid, you had expected them to put a marker on the wall against new boys, Osasuna – they did. Yes they won Comfortably 2-0, Illara gave his team a good ‘base’ to attack. Screened the defense well, mopped and nullified Osasuna’s threats. Whether he can rediscover the form that made Real spew 32 million Big ones in 2013 for his services is left to be seen.

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Midfielder

Nabil El Zhar –  Las Palmas

When you got 2 beautifully crafted assists and a goal, you are entitled to get a spot on my list. This Canary Island team look like they are not going to rest on the oars of just staying in the top flight – I would like to think they have Europe in mind. El – Zhar, a product of the Liverpool Academy was pulling the strings, slalomed past the Granada Defense time after time. Top four might be too much to ask for this team but they surely have substance.

Midfield

Ivan Rakitić – Barcelona

I have always thought the Croatian never gets the credit his football deserves even from his emergence in Sevilla. He’s a peach of a midfielder and made sure his team continued their 100 percent start to the new season by ruthlessly finishing off a fine Luis Suarez cross at the New San Mames. André Gómez et al might have a torrid time displacing him.

Midfield

Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas

This was the easiest pick on my team. Attacking midfielder was a joy to watch as they ripped Granada apart. Viera, a through and true Las Palmas indigene is a player who injects the game with his capacity to cover ground with his twinkle limbs, made himself available to receive a pass or assist his team-mates. He got two 2 in the process.

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Striker

Gerard Moreno – Espanyol

What a performance by Gerard Moreno against Malaga. First was scored cutting inside and smashing it past Cameroonian goalkeeper Idris Kameni while the second was an absolute thumper from Patti’s free kick. Although Malaga subsequently leveled from a 2 goal deficit which I thought slightly tarnished the 24 year old exploits but he can look back on his individual performance an chin up. With 3 goals in 2 games, he can only crave to ascend.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
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4 thoughts on “HALFTIMENG LA-LIGA TEAM OF WEEK TWO

  1. Arda Turan made the cross not Luis Suarez. Also, Ter Stegen broke a record as the goal keeper with the most pass in a single liga game, his slowness in releasing the ball was instruments in Barca devastating counter attack. I feel he should be in goal

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