10 issues we discovered this week in LaLiga Santander – The Sports activities Mirror – Sports activities Information, Transfers, Scores
This previous week introduced us Matchday 16 of the 2022/23 LaLiga Santander season and it was an exhilarating one, with some outcomes that would show decisive come the top of the marketing campaign. The principle storylines from the weekend’s motion are outlined beneath, together with some information on transfers, contract renewals and a person award.
FC Barcelona transfer three factors clear
There was an enormous match in Spain’s capital on Sunday evening, as FC Barcelona visited Atlético de Madrid, with Barça incomes a formidable 1-0 victory courtesy of a first-half Ousmane Dembélé strike. That makes it two wins from two now for Xavi in his conferences as a coach with Diego Simeone, whereas the end result additionally means FC Barcelona pull three factors forward of title rivals Actual Madrid.
Quique Setién’s Villarreal CF are clicking
The explanation Barça pulled additional clear on the high this weekend is as a result of their former coach Quique Setién oversaw a 2-1 victory when his Villarreal CF aspect hosted Actual Madrid. El Submarino Amarillo had been magnificent from begin to end, with Yéremy Pino and Gerard Moreno netting their two objectives, regardless that the Castellón membership might have scored extra.
This might be the 12 months that La Actual return to the Champions League
Actual Sociedad received once more this weekend, claiming a 2-0 win away at UD Almería’s Energy Horse Stadium, which has not been a simple place to go to this season. That end result means they sit in third place and 4 factors away from fourth, so this is likely to be the 12 months during which Actual Sociedad as soon as once more qualify for the Champions League, a contest they final performed in again in 2013/14.
Joselu is an early favorite for the Zarra Trophy
The Zarra Trophy is the prize given out on the finish of every LaLiga Santander season to the top-scoring Spanish participant and there might be a brand new winner in 2022/23, with RCD Espanyol ahead Joselu having struck 9 objectives already, together with one in every of his two matches for the reason that World Cup pause. Actual Betis’ Borja Iglesias and RC Celta’s Iago Aspas, who has received this prize 4 occasions, are only one purpose again on eight, however Joselu appears to be in unstoppable type.
Luiz Henrique is a particular expertise
Simply days after his twenty second birthday, Luiz Henrique scored his first LaLiga Santander purpose to earn Actual Betis a hard-fought 2-1 victory away at Rayo Vallecano. The younger Brazilian winger had already scored for Los Verdiblancos in Europe following his arrival in the summertime, however produced a particular solo purpose in Vallecas, with a fast tip-tap dribble and an correct end. He’s changing into an more and more necessary participant for the Andalusian aspect.
Juanmi is staying at Actual Betis
Not solely will Actual Betis have Luiz Henrique at their disposal over the approaching years, however they’ll even have Juanmi for a while but. The winger, who has 27 objectives in 82 appearances for the membership, renewed his contract this week, committing to Actual Betis till 2026.
Irritating debuts for R.D.T and Luis Suárez
Two of LaLiga Santander’s high marksmen had been again in motion this previous weekend, as Raúl de Tomás made his re-debut for Rayo Vallecano and Luis Suárez turned out for brand new membership UD Almería for the primary time. Each strikers got here off the bench to make their bows and did so with their groups already dropping, proving unable to vary the end result on this first matchday again. Earlier than lengthy, although, they’ll absolutely each be again amongst the objectives.
Lisandro Magallán returns to LaLiga Santander
Backside-placed Elche CF have signed centre-back Lisandro Magallán as they intention to show their scenario round. For the Argentine, this might be his second expertise in LaLiga Santander, as he beforehand performed for Deportivo Alavés within the 2019/20 season.
One other particular person award for Courtois
Thibaut Courtois is enjoying at a spectacular degree and has been for a while. His shows in 2022 noticed him win a number of particular person trophies and he claimed one other this week, being named the very best goalkeeper on this planet in 2022 by the Worldwide Federation of Soccer Historical past and Statistics (IFFHS).
We’ll have 4 top-tier fixtures within the Copa del Rey final 16
This previous week, we additionally witnessed the draw for the Copa del Rey final 16. With simply 4 decrease league groups nonetheless remaining within the competitors, there might be a number of all-LaLiga Santander ties within the subsequent spherical, particularly Villarreal CF vs Actual Madrid, Actual Sociedad vs RCD Mallorca, Actual Betis vs CA Osasuna and Athletic Membership vs RCD Espanyol.