La Liga 2021/22 campaigns of two classic archrival, Real Madrid and Barcelona, have gone to opposite direction with the reigning Champions Athletico Madrid is in between. Los Blancos enjoys their second spell with Carlo Ancelotti as they are sitting on the top of the table whereas Blaugrana is seeming on the move from bad to worse without Messi for the first time in more than a decade. They are still unbeaten but the internal growing of dissatisfaction from the board could lead to the end of Ronald Koeman’s brief stint in Catalan.
Carlo Ancelotti‘s men romped over Real Mallorca 6-1 in the midweek. Marco Asencio who expressed his intention to move on the other day if he remains the secondary in the pecking order, was one of the men of the match as he netted a hatrick, followed by Karim Benzema’s brace and Isco’s strike while Mallorca only scored a lifeline through South Korean international Lee Kang-In. It is maybe too early to decide that Madrid’s campaign is on the right direction.
Real Madrid vs Mallorca 6-1
Goals: Benzema (3,78), Marco Asencio (24,29, 55), Isco (84); Lee Kang-In (25)
Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – David Alaba, Miguel Gutierrez, Nacho (Sergio Santos 80), Eder Militao – Fede Valverde, Marco Asencio (Isco 72), Edu Camavinga (Antonio Blanco 60) – Karim Benzema (Luka Jovic 80), Rodrygo (Lucas Vazquez 72), Vinicius Junior
Mallorca: Reina – Sastre, Olivan, Valjent, Gaya (Jaume Costa 59) – Febas (A Sanchez 59), Battaglia, Junior (Jordi Mboula 76), Take Kubo (Iddrissu Baba 46), Lee Kang in – Matthew Hoppe (Abdon Prats 59)
Barcelona, on the other hand, was held again in the crucial game which securing a win for their third victory of the season is absolute. Koeman’s side could only muster a goalless draw while travelling to Cadiz. The Dutch international Memphis Depay wasted at least three decent chances in the six yard box while Blaugrana’s key man Frankie de on was sent off alongside the manager at the end the game. Catalans’ frustration level is tipped to worsen.
Meanwhile, the defending Champions Atletico Madrid is entailing on the second after struggling to pick up three points on the road against Getafe. They made a comeback win after more than an hour being one goal behind as Stefan Mitrovic’s header found the back of the net. It was Luis Suarez who salvaged the three points. The Uruguayan forward bagged a brace in the last ten minutes.
Sevilla vs Valencia 3-1
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano 1-2
Villareal vs Elche 4-1
Granada vs Real Sociedad 2-3
Osasuna vs Betis 1-3
Espanyol vs Alaves 1-0
Levante vs Celta 0-2