- Colíder. Madrid regains respect in Seville
- Classification: First Division
It is the Athletic League, the leader who woke up with a celestial auction of the eternal Aduriz against Barcelona. He did not spend a single euro on signings this summer . It is the Liga del Granada , third classified, a team full of day laborers darkened in Second and directed by Diego Martínez, a 38-year-old coach who did not need to succeed as a footballer to be respected. It is the League of Martin Odegaard , that child prodigy that he has found in the Royal Society - fourth and also in Champions positions - the shelter he still does not have in the Bernabéu. It is also the Osasuna League, another newly promoted who has not yet lost a single game, with El Sadar always as a lair. Or even Villarreal , which has in its ranks the top scorer of the championship, Gerard Moreno, at the height of Benzema with his five goals. Is it finally the tournament of the revolution?
Statistics tend to be damn at the beginning of the course. The great teams no longer take their men to run through the mountains in the preseason, but instead display their merchandise all over the world to the satisfaction of the marketing departments. But the records accumulated in these first five days impact the remoteness of the precedents. The League began to award three points for victory in the 1995-96 campaign. With this system, never before has the difference between the first classified and the sixth been so narrow : only one point separates Athletic Club from Atlético de Madrid.
League minus difference points 2019
Last season, Barcelona, the leader at this point, was five points ahead of the sixth (Girona). He won the league with ease. Little more or less than two courses ago, when the Catalans moved away to six points of the Royal Society, then sixth. Real Madrid of 2016-17, which broke Messi's monopoly, was a leader in the fifth day, with four points over the sixth (Villarreal).
The precedent of the 2000-01 academic year
Another campaign in which the competition was the tightest on these same dates was in 2000-01, when Real Madrid exceeded Barça by two points, despite the fact that it was sixth. The title ended at the Bernabéu, while the twilight Barcelona of Rexach sweat blood to reach the fourth place that gave access to the Champions League. He did it at the last minute and thanks to a Chilean Rivaldo from outside the area, which caused the fans to tear the grass mats of the Camp Nou. Atlético en Segunda, did not achieve promotion.
It was precisely that season the last one in which the first classified of the table had such a squalid score. That Real Madrid of 2000-01 added the same 11 points as the current co-leaders .
The League of 2001-02 was also badly compressed in spite of the bourgeoisie clubs. Between Betis, leader then in the fifth day, and Athletic, sixth, there were two points of difference. Although the title was taken by Valencia - 31 years ago that he did not win a League -, with Deportivo as runner-up and Real Madrid complying with third place. And that the white club had made Juventus sell to Zinedine Zidane. Barça de Bonano, Christanval, Coco, Saviola, Rochemback or Geovanni did not pass that time in fourth place .
Trouble in the bourgeoisie
This Barcelona de Valverde does not look good. Apart from the European positions after having starred in his worst start of the last 25 years, he is eighth, behind his rival this Tuesday at the Camp Nou, Villarreal . He has left eight of the 15 points at stake on the road and has fallen in two of his five games. Last year he lost three throughout the season.
Atlético does not escape the trouble either. He squeezed as much as he could the triumphs by the minimum in the first three days (1-0 to Getafe, 0-1 to Leganés, 3-2 to Eibar) until collapsing in San Sebastián and being unable to break the tie to zero against Celta in The Wanda Diego Costa and Morata remain in the field of suspicion. "The goal comes from an effect of rage", was what Simeone argued, always so aware of spirituality .
Real Madrid, which came from being hit in Paris by a PSG without Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani, could at least get away from the storm for a while . He won in the Pizjuán, usual dark area, pulling pragmatism. But since the 1-3 with which it was released in Vigo there has been no encounter in which it has not been rushed. Sergi Guardiola and Valladolid snatched two points at the Bernabéu, in Villarreal he had to use himself thoroughly to grab a draw and, already on the fourth day, Courtois avoided in the twilight that Levante equaled him 3-0 against.
Between Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético have only been able to score 28 points in these first five games. Again, the worst record of the last 25 years. Situation that does not fit with the dynamics established by the three clubs in the last seven seasons, in which the first three places of the League have been distributed , without any space for guests on the podium.
Real Madrid, Barça and Atlético have started the League with new stars to show off (Hazard, Griezmann and Joao Félix), but tricking like never before . They are the clubs in Europe, in the same order, that have spent more on signings this summer (806 million euros between the three). But it seems increasingly difficult to stop the rebellions.
Or, as the Tata Martino said, it is already impossible to escape "the weekly crises."
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