In La Liga match-day 24, pack chase leaders Barcelona in a weekend of friendly reunions and head to head battles.
Barcelona will have their eyes on a big three points against visitors R. Valladolid on Saturday night, coming into the game on the back two successive draws in LaLiga Santander.
The game at the Camp Nou will also be extra special for Ronaldo Nazario, now president of Valladolid, who won La Liga’s pichichi top scorer award during his stint at Barcelona in 1996/97.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are going for a sixth consecutive LaLiga victory at home when they face Girona on Sunday lunchtime with key players including Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema bang in form. Santi Solari’s side moved second in the table following last weekend’s 3-1 derby victory at Atletico de Madrid, while an out-of-form Girona have fallen to just one point above the drop zone.
La Liga derbies bring the fiercest football rivalries to life in South Africa.
February 2019. – There are fierce football rivalries…and then there are derbies. Spanish football league LaLiga Santander is home to some of the most celebrated of these long-running on-pitch battles in the world – and on 31 January, select South African media got to experience all the passion, tradition and spectacle first-hand through an immersive local LaLiga Derbies event at the Mesh Club in Rosebank.
Five LaLiga derbies are taking place between February and April – to be screened locally on SuperSport 7 – and the media event encouraged attendees to explore every aspect of the high-emotion derby experience, which is as deeply entrenched in Spanish culture as its signature regional foods.
Leaders Barcelona visits Catalan neighbours Girona in a LaLiga weekend full of derby rivalries.
Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team will look to protect their current five-point advantage at the top of the table when they travel to Girona on Sunday evening, with locally born players on both sides and the home crowd at Montilivi hoping for a first-ever LaLiga victory against the Camp Nou outfit.
Ronaldo and co. beat the living daylight out of Atletico Madrid here 5 things that we learned.
1. This game is O.V.E.R!
Before we go too far let’s start off by saying this game is over. O.V.E.R. Atletico Madrid isn’t coming back from a 3-0 deficit. NO WAY JOSE. Simeone’s team are very good defensively (um well they are supposed to be) but aren’t so prolific in their attack. They just don’t have enough goals in them plus Ronaldo and those other 10 guys score goals for fun. The idiom that goes ‘It’s not over till it’s over’ should have been ‘it isn’t over till your team concedes 3 goals away from home’
2. Real Madrid owns Atletico in the champions league.
Just like me in my grade 12 end of the year geometry exam, Atletico Madrid didn’t have the answers to Real Madrid last night, for a matter of fact they never have the answer for Madrid in the champions league, ever. Madrid beat them in the final in 2014 and 2016 and knocked them out at the quarter-final stage in 2015. Watching them play is like watching a Rocky movie, you know the underdog versus the favorite, except in these movies Rocky would always lose. The crazy thing about that is Atleti has only lost to Real Madrid once since 2013 in La Liga.