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bosox4283

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My Catalan-ness will not allow me to fully congratulate Madrid. Even the Espanyol supporters in my family won't go that far. That being said, Madrid were the most consistent team in La Liga this season and deserved to win. I'll give them that. For me, the top teams were weaker than usual but I have enjoyed the overall depth in the upper-middle part of the table (Betis, La Real, surprising Osasuna, Athletic Club etc). It's starting to feel like nobody wants to go to the Champions League next year though with all of the contenders dropping points.

It's both my least favorite and most favorite part of the season. Least favorite because some club I like to root for will get relegated. I do love me a good derby, so Levante going down will hurt. Are there two traditional rivals with separate stadiums geographically closer to one another than Valencia and Levante? Probably in London, but I'm not sure. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Cadiz, despite a little player controversy last season, so I'd love for them to stay up. Ditto Mallorca, where some of my family summers. Granada has great and truly passionate local support. It's hard to describe, but it almost feels like a family connection between the city and the team. But someone needs to go down. I do like Alaves, especially the ruggedness of players like Laguardia, but replacing them with Eibar and their super small stadium keeps level the Basque representation in La Liga, which by my count will still be at four including Osasuna- which is its own controversy. That gets to me what I love about this part of the season, seeing who will be promoted. Eibar is in good shape, along with Almeria. I can't bring myself to say who sits in the playoff positions, but I know others here are even more excited than I am for the possibilities for one Asturian club. Even a table lower, in the newly formed third tier called Primera Division RFEF, Deportivo la Coruna have a chance to return to the second flight, and man would I love to see them back in La Liga.

Segunda games are available on ESPN+ for those curious.
Great write-up. Gracias.

The race to finish in the top four certainly lost a bit of excitement over the last few weeks. In their last four matches, Sevilla have 5/12 points, Atletico 7/12, Betis 2/12, Real Sociedad 2/12, Villarreal 7/12, Bilbao 7/12.

Does 6th place in La Liga go to the Europa League or Conference League? Is there any prize for 7th? I ask because the race for 6th seems to be where the action will be for the last three matches with Sociedad, Villarreal, and Bilbao competing for the spot.

I subscribe to ESPN+ and had no idea I could watch Segunda on the platform. Thanks, again.
 

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Great to see Ansu Fati again. He scored a really nice goal against Betis in a 2-1 win that cements Barca a top 4 finish. Now Barca's goal is to finish 2nd to get a place in the lucrative Supercopa. Such is Barca's financial plight that it actually matters.

I also saw that some Atleti fans had a sign at the game that said (paraphrasing): Real Madrid have had a Guard of Honor for 120 Years. Love it.
 

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Great to see Ansu Fati again. He scored a really nice goal against Betis in a 2-1 win that cements Barca a top 4 finish. Now Barca's goal is to finish 2nd to get a place in the lucrative Supercopa. Such is Barca's financial plight that it actually matters.

I also saw that some Atleti fans had a sign at the game that said (paraphrasing): Real Madrid have had a Guard of Honor for 120 Years. Love it.
It was really great to see Fati back on the pitch. He's electric. Here's hoping he can stay healthy and continue to grow for the sake of La Liga.

The full sign was more like "Thanks to the press and the refs, Real Madrid have had a Guard of Honor for 120 years".
 

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Great write-up. Gracias.

The race to finish in the top four certainly lost a bit of excitement over the last few weeks. In their last four matches, Sevilla have 5/12 points, Atletico 7/12, Betis 2/12, Real Sociedad 2/12, Villarreal 7/12, Bilbao 7/12.

Does 6th place in La Liga go to the Europa League or Conference League? Is there any prize for 7th? I ask because the race for 6th seems to be where the action will be for the last three matches with Sociedad, Villarreal, and Bilbao competing for the spot.

I subscribe to ESPN+ and had no idea I could watch Segunda on the platform. Thanks, again.
I'm pretty sure that 6th place will be going to the Europa League. That won't be official unless/until Betis finish fifth as they are already in the Europa League as Copa del Rey champions. I would guess that would have 7th place go in the Conference League. That in essence is what I've been told but I haven't seen anything official.

You're right though, after this weekend there isn't much going on at the top of the table. The Pichichi is wrapped up too with Benzema having a healthy lead over Iago Aspas- man do I love how he just carries Celta- so the real action is at the bottom where all of the candidates for relegation just refuse to die. Cadiz, Granada, and Levante all won and are in the bottom five. Match Day 36 kicks off tomorrow so we might get some more separation this week.

In the Segunda, Eibar lost to third place Valladolid, which tightened things up at the top a bit and allowed Almeria to jump the Basques into first place. I can't bear to watch the potential playoff contenders with four teams fighting for the last two spots (well, Girona has a game in hand that is being played right now). I should note that ESPN+ has maybe 3-4 Segunda games per week, not all of them. They also have a weekly highlight show.

Didn't realize how many clubs are located so close, specifically the Liverpool rivals. Levante-Valencia are less than a mile but it feels a little further because of all of the buildings between the two. Everton-Liverpool are certainly closer for now.
 

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You're right though, after this weekend there isn't much going on at the top of the table. The Pichichi is wrapped up too with Benzema having a healthy lead over Iago Aspas- man do I love how he just carries Celta- so the real action is at the bottom where all of the candidates for relegation just refuse to die. Cadiz, Granada, and Levante all won and are in the bottom five. Match Day 36 kicks off tomorrow so we might get some more separation this week.
With Barcelona and Atletico locking down Champions League spots (yawn), the real drama is now the risk that Sevilla falls to 5th. At this point, Betis needs to win out and Sevilla fail to gain more points for it to happen, but it is something to watch over the next week. Regardless of this outcome, the fact that Sevilla has fallen to fourth and is at dangerous of ending in 5th speaks to the club's massive dip in form in the second half of the season.
 

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With Barcelona and Atletico locking down Champions League spots (yawn), the real drama is now the risk that Sevilla falls to 5th. At this point, Betis needs to win out and Sevilla fail to gain more points for it to happen, but it is something to watch over the next week. Regardless of this outcome, the fact that Sevilla has fallen to fourth and is at dangerous of ending in 5th speaks to the club's massive dip in form in the second half of the season.
Based on nothing at all, I wonder if the wind just went out of their sails once Real ran away with the title (they were keeping pace early IIRC) and once they got knocked out of UEL. I mean, you would be pissed too if you're birthright was taken away.
 

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Based on nothing at all, I wonder if the wind just went out of their sails once Real ran away with the title (they were keeping pace early IIRC) and once they got knocked out of UEL. I mean, you would be pissed too if you're birthright was taken away.
One of the big disappointments of the season is Sevilla for me. They started so well and were pushing Madrid. I felt they outplayed Madrid in the first game when the two teams were very close in the standings. Then there was the great first half in Seville followed by the collapse at the Sanchez Pizjuan. But the reality is that Sevilla have only won two out of their last ten La Liga games going back to their derby win against Betis, and four out of the last sixteen. This after the January window where they strengthened the squad and looked to believe they had a shot at La Liga. Martial has been a bust. Tecatito actually was fun to watch for a bit but has run a little colder of late.

I wonder if Lopetegui gets the axe even if they hold on to fourth. Seems like the fans have been critical of him all season long. If Betis somehow passes Sevilla, he's definitely gone.
 

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One of the big disappointments of the season is Sevilla for me. They started so well and were pushing Madrid. I felt they outplayed Madrid in the first game when the two teams were very close in the standings. Then there was the great first half in Seville followed by the collapse at the Sanchez Pizjuan. But the reality is that Sevilla have only won two out of their last ten La Liga games going back to their derby win against Betis, and four out of the last sixteen. This after the January window where they strengthened the squad and looked to believe they had a shot at La Liga. Martial has been a bust. Tecatito actually was fun to watch for a bit but has run a little colder of late.

I wonder if Lopetegui gets the axe even if they hold on to fourth. Seems like the fans have been critical of him all season long. If Betis somehow passes Sevilla, he's definitely gone.
Sevilla managed to get the point they needed against Atletico, so they have cemented their place in the top four for Champions League. Even with this accomplishment, the season seems to be a disappointment for Sevilla given the mediocre second-half -- and now there are rumors that Lopetegui is on his way out.
 
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bosox4283

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That gets to me what I love about this part of the season, seeing who will be promoted. Eibar is in good shape, along with Almeria. I can't bring myself to say who sits in the playoff positions, but I know others here are even more excited than I am for the possibilities for one Asturian club.
Huge match against Oviedo today. A win gives Oviedo a more comfortable cushion over three or four points over Girona, Las Palmas, and Ponferradina.
 

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Huge match against Oviedo today. A win gives Oviedo a more comfortable cushion over three or four points over Girona, Las Palmas, and Ponferradina.
Game ended in a 3-3 draw. Oviedo travel to Las Palmas next in one of the games of the season.

Back in La Liga, Levante were already relegated and clearly wanted company, and their defeat of Alaves relegated the Basques as well. I’ll miss Levante personally. If my math is correct, they’re currently sixth in goals scored in La Liga, so obviously defense was the issue. 3-2 and 5-3 losses versus Sevilla, a famous 3-2 loss versus Barca, 4-2 loss to Betis, 4-3 Derby loss to Valencia, 4-3 loss to Espanyol. Point is they played a lot of fun games. And Morales is a hell of a player.

Granada, Mallorca, Cádiz. One must go down. All three have winnable games and Cadiz sit in the relegation zone due to a last second goal by local lad Abdon Prats for Mallorca against Rayo. He also scored the winner to secure promotion back in 2019. Pretty much the teams to watch this week.
 

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Game ended in a 3-3 draw. Oviedo travel to Las Palmas next in one of the games of the season.

Back in La Liga, Levante were already relegated and clearly wanted company, and their defeat of Alaves relegated the Basques as well. I’ll miss Levante personally. If my math is correct, they’re currently sixth in goals scored in La Liga, so obviously defense was the issue. 3-2 and 5-3 losses versus Sevilla, a famous 3-2 loss versus Barca, 4-2 loss to Betis, 4-3 Derby loss to Valencia, 4-3 loss to Espanyol. Point is they played a lot of fun games. And Morales is a hell of a player.

Granada, Mallorca, Cádiz. One must go down. All three have winnable games and Cadiz sit in the relegation zone due to a last second goal by local lad Abdon Prats for Mallorca against Rayo. He also scored the winner to secure promotion back in 2019. Pretty much the teams to watch this week.
Must be something about the South ;)

I agree with you that I will always root for clubs that go out and attack like Levante. It's why I respect the hell outta Leeds (that and I'm a Bielsista!).

Apropos of nothing, I went to Mallorca when I was living abroad in Barcelona, and it's one of the most fun places I've ever been to in my life. Like all the fun of continental Spain, but amped up for island living and even more laid back.