The La Liga2020/2021 season has almost been wrapped up, with just a few games to go, bringing various highs, lows, drama, and unlimited excitement for the football universe. As always, there have been some big matches on the card that made or broke teams and leads that were squandered by certain teams.
After about 30 La Liga games, Barcelona is third behind leaders Athletico Madrid and second-place Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid started the season in great fashion but lost their advantage after a series of disappointing results. Then Real Madrid, who after an El Classico showdown restored their second place.
After suffering a disappointing start to the 2020/2021 season. Being third after 30 games isn’t an outstanding achievement by the great Catalunian’s standard. Still, being just two points adrift of the leaders Atletico Madrid with eight games to go in the season, it is definitely not too late to kick-start a title challenge even after their recent loss to their fiercest rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona’s season started well in the Champions League with five wins in five, including an impressive away victory in Turin. However, they failed to top the group after losing to the Italian giants in the reverse fixture. A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston Mckennie’s superb effort from close range stunned the Catalans and brought their quite impressive form, albeit only in the champions’ league as at the time at bay. And for the first time since 2006, Barcelona failed to top their group.
The second half of the season was crucial for the Catalan giants. They showed more fight and consistency to get going again. Especially after the drama, Lionel Messi’s potential exit, and the club’s former president’s refusal of the move. This sparked a lot of comment and controversy over the entire footballing world and even going down the realms of a potential legal battle between payer and club.
When your captain is unhappy, it is bound to impact the entire squad’s morale and form. That was a significant contribution to Barca’s early season’s downward spiral in the league. The Argentine looked toothless as if he had lost all his magic and spark, which went a long way to affect the team. If not for the sterling efforts of youngster Ansu Fati things would have looked bleaker earlier in the season.
If you had to bet at the beginning of the season who would top the league, Barca and Real would be the notable mentions among the teams with Athletico coming up in the rear. But this season has seen a drastic turn in such predictions. Betting becomes even more tricky and difficult than before, as there are not many sport betting sites that give you great odds and insights, with LeoVegas amongst the few that come to mind.
In the early parts of the season, Real Madrid’s form was up and down the curb too, and now they really seemed to have turned a corner after successive wins against Liverpool and Barcelona. So, it is even more important for the Catalan giants not to drop their heads after the Classico defeat. There is still a lot more to play for.
The most surprising performance of all was Athletico’s amazing start to the season and their recent steady decline. Diego Simeone’s men took the Liga by storm in the opening matches and straight into the middle of the season.
The acquisition of Luis Suarez was a brilliant decision and a shrewd one at that. Diego Simeone’s team worked as a unit, defending well and with Jao Felix and Suarez at the other end banging in the goals. But then, all of a sudden, they started losing steam, drawing games they shouldn’t and struggling with regular opposition.
Their performances became lethargic and uninspiring to watch. Their latest loss and exit out of the champions league was a typical reminder of that and one which they must seek to put behind them if they are to keep up their title hopes this season. Just one point separates them from their fierce neighbours in Madrid with eight games to go. They must keep their heads down, show some character and discipline while putting together a couple of good performances and results if they are to hang on to their lead and become champions.
The La Liga 2020/2021 season has been a peculiar and entertaining one. Although it produced some disappointing performances from the top teams, it has been one of the most competitive La Liga seasons yet.
Who is going to win the title? No one knows. It could be any of the top three. But going with the current form, you would put your money on Real Madrid. They are in great form; with Karim Benzema leading the line, the brilliance of Toni Kross and Luca Modric in the midfield, and the renaissance of Vinicius Junior, they always seem to rise up to the occasion under pressure, especially in the battle with the bigger teams. The Catalan Giants coming in at a close second, and Athletico losing out in third.