It was a weekend of great goals and shock results in LaLiga Santander as the 2020/21 title race continues to heat up. At the bottom, the return of a former coach has added extra spice too. There have been so many storylines in the world of Spanish football over the past week… here’s all you need to know.
Levante frustrate the leaders not once… but twice
As a result of a quirk in this season’s fixture list, Levante and Atlético de Madrid met twice in the space of four days this past week. Levante took four points from their double header against the league leaders with a 1-1 home draw on Wednesday and then won 2-0 in the capital on Saturday, with goalkeeper Dani Cárdenas putting in an exceptional performance.
Cádiz take points off Barcelona… again
Just like Levante have earned four points against Atleti this year, newly promoted Cádiz have taken one win and one draw from their two meetings with Barcelona. After beating the Blaugrana at home earlier in the season, they went away to the Camp Nou this weekend and earned a memorable 1-1 draw.
Real Madrid’s backups step up
Real Madrid are currently experiencing an injury crisis, missing key players like Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema. Their backups have upped their game, however, and have led Los Blancos to four consecutive victories, proving that there is more strength in depth at the capital city club than many suspectde. Next up: Atalanta in the Champions League.
Another prize for Casemiro
Casemiro has already an impressive array of trophies in his career, including various individual awards, and this week he added Spanish news agency EFE’s award for the best Ibero-American footballer of 2020. Other Brazilians like Ronaldo Nazário and Roberto Carlos have won the prize in the past and Casemiro said he was proud to follow in their footsteps.