Enjoying the Moment – La Liga Round 8

After eight rounds, the Spanish First Division Football League is attractive and abundant.

The rhythm of the competition has been gruelling. The last four rounds were played over the last fourteen days – one game every four days, without considering the Europa League, the Champions League and the FIFA match-days.

The President of the LFP – Javier Tebas – is enjoying the maximum return that every football game can generate (in terms of television rights and media coverage). Questions don’t address his capitalist ingenuity but the impact of these decisions on the players, the main protagonists of the sport.

To get to this precise moment, the protagonists raffled several stages. We recently noticed that the players who enjoy the present moment are the ones that bypass the stages that the whole world (the same teams and their fans, the press and the followers of this sport) categorize as “good” or “bad” but never “half and half”.

During Round 8, we analyze the results of each game and highlight the main protagonists who hold steadily to enjoying reality in order surpass their performance.

Villarreal 3 – Granada 0: the home coach – Marcelino Garcia Toral – trusts the moment that his players are going through and said after the game: “It was not easy because if you do not try very hard you don’t manage to win in Primera Division.” He also added that this victory was “a product of collective work because we are a very supportive team while defending.”

Malaga 0 – Osasuna 1: a big surprise from the visiting team that, painstakingly, took the second win of the season. Nonetheless, Malaga’s coach rescues the positive points of his team in order to exceed the performance in the next game – Bernd Schuster: “The team that played the second half of the game is the Malaga we want to see”.

Elche 2 – RCD Espanyol 1: “We’re a more mature team” – said the coach of Elche, Fran Escribá. Elche is a team that is trying to settle in Primera Division after the second victory.

In response to statements by the President of LFP, Joan Collet – President of RCD Espanyol, said a few words about the distribution of television rights and the schedule of La Liga: “This competition is not fair and it is close fraud. We’ve entered a dark dead end and we would have to copy the model of television cast from other leagues, like the Premier League. Perhaps the only solution would be to strike”.

Rayo Vallecano 1 – Real Sociedad 0: local player, Jonathan Viera, returned to the team after a red card caused by his own lack of experience. After this tough moment, the player heard and felt the message from his coach, proceeded to make his performances and lead his team to victory.

Levante 2 – Real Madrid 3: Real Madrid is known for its individual footballers. Since this is the reality of the white team, one of the iconic players has given the formula to overcome hard times: Iker Casillas – “Belief in yourself is the most important thing. Never doubt yourself and let nobody ever make you doubt.” The team from the Spanish capital offered a meritorious victory even though the direction of team in the field is still not clear.

F.C. Barcelona 4 – Real Valladolid 1: The most fouled player in La Liga is adapting quickly to his teammate and the new league. The hierarchy of young Neymar coincided in the same game with a dedicated Alexis and Lionel Messi’s injury. Thus, these two individuals increased the absolute value of the team and their winning streak.

Atletico Madrid 2 – Celta Vigo 1: on this victory, Diego Simeone stated: “I think that the hardest thing in football is to keep the mission, humility and collective effort. When a team achieves this it can make the maximum out of a game played within a team setting.”

Another protagonist of Atletico Madrid is Diego Costa: he is the top scorer in La Liga and candidate to represent the Spanish national team.

Sevilla 2 – Almeria 1: the local team rescued three points but the overall performance on the field is not constant. This inconsistency has affected the individual performance of German player Marko Marin. He is a quality player who cannot perform at his best since the inconsistency of all the team depletes his attitude and his attributes as an athlete.

Getafe 3 – Real Betis 1: Luis Garcia Plaza, coach for Getafe said: “You have to enjoy the moment; before, we were screwed.” He also acknowledged the changes in his team: “They all run and fight. We are a block. We left this road at the beginning and, fortunately, now we’re back in it.”

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Valencia 1: the Bilbao club spirit helped their team to rescue just one point in a narrow game.

Moments from Round 8: already a stage in the past!

About Nico Argentato

Spanish and English teacher, Sports Psychology student and music enthusiast. An innate passion for movement and rhythm prompted my early development in the sports world; participating in most sports that involve a ball. Now, I am also looking for the words that can best describe that vital energy: the music in football and world sports.
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