This decade has been one of Spanish domination in the Champions League. For six consecutive years between 2013 and 2018, there was at least one Spanish club always present in the final. However the 18/19 season was a bit of a shocker, with defending champions Real and cross town rivals Atleti both exiting in the Round of 16, and Barca inexplicably knocked out in the semis despite having won their first leg 3-0. Continue reading
A rather stunning comeback from RCD Mallorca saw them achieve two successive promotions as they beat Deportivo in the Segunda Division playoffs. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Mallorca needed something special, and special is what they produced, winning 3-0 to claim a 3-2 triumph on aggregate. That’s two straight promotions- from Segunda B to La Liga in the space of two seasons!
Check out the player ratings and the Spanish media headlines (“historic comeback”)
Karim Benzema has effectively been carrying Real Madrid on his shoulders this season, and there was more evidence of it on Monday night against Leganes, a game that Zinedine Zidane’s side drew 1-1. Real went behind to Silva’s opener, only for Benzema to equalise six minutes after the interval. The French striker almost produced a sumptuous assist for Marcelo as well.
Only Asensio and Benzema escaped with some kind of credit in these press ratings (everyone else got the standard 1), while Marca ran the headline “Otra Vez Solo Benzema” (once again only Benzema)
You can never count out a Barcelona side that has Lionel Messi in it, and poor Villarreal discovered it at El Madrigal last night. They lead 4-2 at 90 minutes, but somehow ended up drawing the game 4-4. Another case of points dropped for them after their 3-2 loss to Celta at the weekend after having lead 2-0 at half time. That’s six points they should’ve picked up from these two games- six priceless points that could’ve gone a long way in helping them stay up, but they ended up with just one.