Discussion points from the weekend in La Liga
It was an inescapable sense of deja-vu when Sergio Ramos scored a goal from the spot to give a rusty Real Madrid a 3-2 triumph over Real Betis after they were granted a furiously challenged late punishment.
Having burned through a large portion of their rush to last season’s title dismissing allegations of accepting ideal choices civility of VAR, Zinedine Zidane’s side were by and by in the spotlight after three major calls went their direction.
Betis mentor Manuel Pellegrini lost his cool in the post-coordinate news gathering and dangers a touchline boycott after proclaiming his group could not contend with Madrid when they had VAR on their side.
Previous Barcelona player Carles Puyol
Previous Barcelona player Carles Puyol, a La Liga minister, could likewise not contain his indignation, making a progression of mocking posts via online media and saying Barca would have their work removed attempting to beat Madrid to the title with such choices going their direction.
After a first mission where he to a great extent neglected to satisfy his 126-million-euro move expense, Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix conveyed a wonderful first round of the season in his side’s 6-1 whipping of Granada, demonstrating why his club had put such a great amount in him.
Felix’s helpless introduction season was underlined by the reality he was kept separate from Atleti’s beginning 11 in their Champions League quarter-last destruction to RB Leipzig, however in the event that he keeps on playing as he did on Sunday, he will be the group’s undisputed pioneer.
The Portuguese forward, 20, hauled Granada’s safeguard all over the spot with his spilling, acquiring a punishment in the first half before scoring a colossal independent objective in the second.
long-running issues of opening
His sharp passing was equally amazing, for example, when he selected Angel Correa for the subsequent objective and should facilitate Atletico’s long-running issues of opening obstinate protections.
There has been a ton of arguments about the 4-2-3-1 shape new Barcelona mentor Ronald Koeman had been taking a shot at in pre-season and the development he has planned could barely have had a superior first trip as the Catalans overwhelmed Villarreal 4-0.
The Dutchman conveyed Lionel Messi in the ‘bogus nine’ job the Argentinean had culminated 10 years prior, with Ansu Fati on the left-wing and Antoine Griezmann on the right, with a re-conceived Philippe Coutinho as an assaulting midfielder sewing together the assaults.
Behind the front four, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets have a strong base that saw Barca swarm all over Unai Emery’s side and moves the ball with speed and reason, an invite difference to the heavy, slow football they had played for quite a bit of last season.