If you’re looking for the latest in La Liga football news, here are a few interesting stories that should be of interest. First up: Real Madrid’s 3-0 win against Alaves. Next, we’ll look at what Barcelona revealed about Neymar’s deal. If Real Madrid’s win over Real Betis wasn’t enough to get fans excited, read on to find out the latest details. And of course, don’t forget about Espanyol’s fight for survival.
Xavi praises his team’s progress
Barcelona are in the Champions League. After knocking out Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, the club sounded confident and needed a boost. Its performance against Mallorca was just what the doctor ordered. However, Barcelona still have a long way to go before they can challenge the top clubs of Europe. Xavi hails the progress of his team and the way it’s been playing.
Barcelona’s win over Real Betis
The win over Real Betis was a hugely important one for the Catalan giants, who needed a win to qualify for the Champions League next season. The game started poorly, with little quality or rhythm to the play. The referee seemed intent on breaking up the action for minor infractions and preventing the game from progressing. Eventually, Barca took the lead through substitute Ansu Fati, whose brilliant goal was cancelled out by Marc Bartra’s header.
Espanyol’s fight for survival
Spanish club Espanyol is fighting for its survival in La Liga. The team is currently six points off the top of the table. Their league record is not good, as they have conceded 46 goals and have no players with more than five goals. Their closest challengers are Celta Vigo and Leganes, who are two points above them in the table. Both sides are looking to clinch a three-point haul against Leganes.
Real Madrid’s move closer to the title
With Barcelona’s recent defeats, many Madrid fans are already looking at the calendar of matches. If Real had won the league by now, the first weekend of May would have been the perfect time to celebrate the title. The celebrations would have been held at the Wanda Metropolitano in between two legs of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City. However, the first leg of this tie left everything open, so celebrations will have to wait.
Atletico Madrid’s Champions League clash with Manchester United
Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 against Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League encounter. Both teams have reached the knockout stages of the competition before, with the Red Devils making it to the last eight in both of their previous campaigns. Jose Mourinho’s Atletico side reached two finals in the past decade, as well as semi-finals and quarter-finals. However, both sides have been eliminated from domestic cup competitions this season, with both clubs struggling to get back into the Champions League.
Barcelona’s transfer of Ferran Torres
The club has faced financial trouble in recent months and the move to sign Torres should ease these worries. The deal was funded with a bank loan. The signing of Torres, 23, is subject to financial fair play rules and will require additional wage bill space. However, Barca will likely welcome the addition of the youngster, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City. While Torres has had minimal impact at City so far, he is considered one of the best young prospects in Spain and his move to Barcelona would be a welcome move.
Atletico Madrid’s interest in signing Haaland
Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Kevin Haaland. The Norwegian has been linked with Manchester City and is also being considered by the La Liga club. Real Madrid are aware of the player’s agent fee and wage demands, and are therefore looking to sign someone else. But they want to ensure that Haaland is interested in joining them. If the Norwegian proves to be a good fit for the Spanish giants, they can complete the deal in the summer.