Liga Santander: The Chiaroscuros of Valencia and Atltico de Madrid | LaLiga Santander 2019

The weekend notes



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Sal and Ferrn fight for a ball.
Juan Carlos Crdenas EFE

Thriller: the Spanish Champions

Valencia and Atleti tied on Friday and showed chiaroscuro. Madrid closed the day leaving two points at the Bernabu and confirmed the doubts that arose before the Real Sociedad in Copa. Before a team in decline, he barely finished five times at goal. The only one of the four that won was the Bara, which nevertheless does not convince. His last victories have had a common link: the final whistle is a sigh of relief. The return of the Champions League does not seem to come at the best time for our four representatives.

Approved: Hazard

Within the discreet white party, perhaps the most prominent was the most unexpected. We had to see the Belgian for the last half hour, so that he was recovering rhythm and sensations after almost three months standing still. However, he started, asked for the ball as usual and forced the 2-1 penalty. Such a large team cannot live alone on defensive strength and maximum concentration. He needs talent, imbalance and goal. Now that Benzema has somewhat lowered his level and Bale is still in limbo, Madrid grabs Hazard for the decisive stretch of the season.

Notable: Osasuna

In the absence of 14 games, there is nothing decided below. The four teams that seemed to fight for the descent are very much alive, as evidenced by the fact that everyone scored this day. Those of the upper echelon (ibar, Valladolid, Alavs, Levante …) cannot fall asleep. Who seems to be moving away is Osasuna after his victory in San Mams. The serious loss of Chimy Vila has subtracted offensive potential but not professionalism and competitiveness to the Reds, who are starring in a more than remarkable season of their return to First.

Outstanding: Pablo Laso

In the absence of great individual or collective protagonists in the day of football, the maximum score must be sought in Mlaga and the sensational Copa del Rey played by Madrid basketball. Without the Bara on the road and commanded by a great Campazzo, the whites swept: +10 to Bilbao Basket, +23 to Valencia and +27 to Unicaja on a Sunday without history. Since his appointment, Pablo Laso has led the team to play 26 finals of 35 possible. And he has conquered 19 titles, the same as in the 28 years prior to his arrival. Words are unnecessary.

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