Many chances but terrible finishing sums up Barcelona’s performance against Celta Vigo, Neymar, Messi, Suarez and even Pedro, no one managed to put the ball in the goal. Barcelona’s second consecutive loss dethroned them from the top spot of La Liga, a scenario very similar to the one last term where Barcelona were leading the league at the start but they ended up losing it to Atletico Madrid.
This time around, Real Madrid are leading the league after both Barcelona and Sevilla lost to Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao respectively, but this term the league looks more competitive than ever. Atletico’s triumph last term wasn’t a fluke, they are still strong but a few other teams have learned their lessons.
Despite Los Merengues leading the race, Sevilla and Valencia have emerged as the newest challengers for the title, they aren’t only playing with a wonderful style, they are backing it with results. Sevilla who lost Ivan Rakitic, Diego Perotti, Alberto Moreno and Marko Marin insisted on taking it to the next level despite winning the Europa League last term. The Andalucian club are in the fifth spot but they are only two points below league leaders Real Madrid.
Valencia have finally managed to put their terrible days behind them, with a new owner, Peter Lim, a single loss this season meant that they share the second spot with Atletico Madrid, just a single point below Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Diego Simeone’s squad is focusing on both La Liga and the Champions League in a bid to outperform themselves compared to the previous season. Barcelona are just one point below after suffering two consecutive losses, but Luis Suarez is still adapting to his team-mates while Messi is being pushed to his limits, resting the Argentine could give the club a chance to get the best out of him in future fixtures.
The myth has been busted La Liga is no longer a two-horse race, last season’s winners are still challenging for the title while two additional clubs have proven that they are able to keep up with Real Madrid’s pace. Not far from them, Celta Vigo continue to chase, with a single loss this season the Galicians are pushing towards a Champions League spot, only time will tell if the dark horses manage to keep up with the giants or not.