Real Valladolid 0 – 1 Barcelona
Of course the one headline from this match was the state of the pitch at the Estadio José Zorrilla. You’ve probably the seen the pictures of Jordi Alba and Luis Suárez replacing giant divots while labouring to a one nil on Saturday. The pitch was a total embarrassment to La Liga and Barça’s win was due to a great finish by Ousmane Dembélé with Keko’s goal being ruled out in the last minute by VAR. Due to the state of the pitch it’s impossible to say much either team’s performance but expect a big fine and a lot of difficulties for Valladolid this season.
Espanyol 2 – 0 Valencia
Valencia, the great entertainers of last season came unstuck against a hard working Espanyol team. The from three of Borja Iglesias, Leo Baptistao and Sergio García pressed and harried and got their just rewards by taking advantage of some sloppy defending from Mouctar Diakhaby.
The Valencia team which did so well against Atlético Madrid last week didn’t turn up in Cornellà with Kondogbia having a nightmare in midfield. Despite Carlos Soler and Rodrigo Moreno trying their best Valencia didn’t get going at all and despite their changes late on Valencia had no answer to their pressure.
Girona 1 – 4 Real Madrid
Borja García refused to celebrate against his boyhood club but Girona failed to repeat their historic win against Real Madrid last season. Moving from three at the back to a flat back four under Eusebio Girona couldn’t stop Madrid’s great start to the season with Bale scoring after two penalties, with Benzema wrapping up the finish.
This Madrid team haven’t been tested yet but garnering points at teams like Girona will point towards a much better season than the previous one.
Leganés 2 – 2 Real Sociedad
Getafe 2 – 0 Eibar
Atlético Madrid 1 – 0 Rayo Vallecano
Alavés 0 – 0 Real Betis
Sevilla 0 – 0 Villarreal
Athletic Club 2 – 2 Huesca
Levante 1 – 2 Celta Vigo
Performance of the week: Espanyol captain Sergio García ran himself ragged during his teams victory against Valencia. The veteran forward could have played a part in a number of goals for his team as the squad seem to have done a stylistic 180 with the entrance of Rubi as manager.
Disappointment of the week: Paolo Oliveira. The Eibar centreback has never lived up to his price tag after moving from Sporting CP last season and the match against Getafe on Firday evening showed that he is still not up to speed after a number of bad mistakes.