The week full of football continues with the celebration this weekend of day 7 from La Liga Santander. Will be the Atlético de Madrid the one in charge of opening fire with his visit, on Saturday, to a Deportivo Alavés that counts their matches by defeats. It will also be the same Saturday when the Real Madrid respond to Diego Pablo Simeone’s block in the fight for the leadership of the classification. The whites will face Villarreal, while the Barcelona, mired in a serious crisis, will seek victory against Levante.
Neither Atlético de Madrid, much more productive than lucid, much higher in the table than decisive on the ground, nor Antoine Griezmann nor Alavés, last with zero points, have started at the level they expect in LaLiga Santander, all with a reaction pending in Mendizorrotza, without margin of error, pressured by doubts and expectations.
Mestalla will host a meeting between two teams that have gone from euphoria to disappointment in just a few days due to their latest adverse results, on a date that will mean the return of Marcelino García Toral to Valencia for the first time since his dismissal two years ago.
For their part, Sevilla and Espanyol meet almost without time to savor the triumphs they achieved last Wednesday in the sixth day of LaLiga, but also wanting the inertia of the victories to be like a kind of slipstream to add another .
On the other hand, Real Madrid returns to play at the Santiago Bernabéu, where it will defend its leadership in a level test such as the visit of Villarreal, reinforced after releasing its record of triumphs after drawing the first four games.
As for Mallorca, the Balearic team will receive Osasuna with the need to recover from the hard blow inflicted by Carlo Ancelotti’s team last day. The rojillos will also arrive with the intention of forgetting the defeat against Betis. Both teams occupy intermediate positions in the table, so it will be a direct duel to remove fear from the lower zone.
Submerged in a crisis of results, of game and institutional, the FC Barcelona will have to grit its teeth to begin to trace a start that begins to be worrying. Without Koeman on the bench and with the lack of Frankie de Jong on the pitch, both sent off in the match against Cádiz, the Barça team are looking for victory against a Levante who already feel the pressure of the relegation places.
For its part, Rayo Vallecano, settled in the noble zone of the table, faces a Cádiz that is struggling to extend its good streak, after drawing against Barça and achieving the victory against Celta.
Real Sociedad is going through a sweet moment, with four victories and a draw in the last five games, which it wants to prolong against an Elche that arrives after being defeated by a Villarreal who was superior.
For their part, Getafe, together with Deportivo Alavés, is the only team in LaLiga Santander that has not yet scored any points on their locker. The azulones will try to end their crisis with a victory against a Betis that looks to Europe after beating Osasuna
Finally, Celta de Vigo and Granada will face off in a clash in Balaídos that is transcendental in the fight for salvation. And, although we are still at the beginning of the season, both teams feel the red zone very close.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.