Rhythm and Rest – La Liga Round 4

Last weekend’s break affected the rhythm of professional competition in La Liga. Round 4 of the first leg has shown that the most regular and the fittest team is Atletico Madrid. However, this is not the team that is likely to win the championship. The key factor is rhythm, the rhythm on and off the field.

First, on the field, the teams that always maintain a national and international rhythm of competition – Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona – have shown anxiety after the lack of professional competition. As a result, the Catalan team tried to accelerate until displaying the stress shown on the last minutes of their last game. When acceleration comes from nervous energy the mistakes made are not the usual ones, they are basic errors. Sergio Busquets said after the game: “We cannot arrive like we just did to the last minutes of a match. Sometimes we would like attack too often and we forget that there are few minutes left and that we have the game on track. That was our sin. This will serve as an alarm to avoid it from happening again.” It was just a scary moment:
Barcelona 3 – Sevilla 2.

On the other hand, Real Madrid with Bale as the new inclusion cannot find its rhythm. Villareal C.F. is entrenched in the First Division and emits a frequency that is no longer surprising. The yellow team was superior to the team from Spain’s capital and through most of the game. After the match, the visitors’ keeper – Diego Lopez – indicated that: “The important thing is that inside we lean on each other, outside of the team they
kill us.”
Villareal 2 – Real Madrid 2.

Secondly, the rhythm of a team off the field is equally important. Atletico Madrid appears to have the appropriate rhythm for each football game. The concentration, the tension and the rhythm of the colchonero’s before each game – this means, off the field – are geared towards a singular goal.

After winning the match against Almeria, the team from Madrid maintains hope in a short-term period: winning the next game. Furthermore, it is the fittest team in La Liga. In this way the team draws on both criteria, the rhythm off and on the field to get the right balance. Coach Diego Simeone commented on the rhythm of his team: “We learned to kill the match when we needed it.” The result:
Atletico Madrid 4 – U.D. Almeria 2.

Outstanding Matches – La liga Round 4

Real Betis 3 – Valencia 1: the local team is an enigma. Only when the team arrives to their best level they manage to dazzle their fans and win. Otherwise, their performance is a mystery and a probable defeat. The outstanding player of Real Betis – Salva Sevilla – commented that: “To make a match like the one we did today, everyone in the team has to be in the flow of the game.”

Malaga 5 – Rayo Vallecano 0: now, results are accompanying the team from the city of Malaga. The salient player of the game was the Moroccan Mounir El Hamdaoui in his first start and scoring three goals – a similar style to Ben Barek.

Athletic Bilbao 3 – Celta de Vigo 2: at the opening of the new San Mames stadium, the local team
won due to the inner strength that characterizes it. The meeting was vibrant thanks to the mistakes made by both teams. As the coach of Celta de Vigo – Luis Enrique – said: “The result could have been different.”

More Results – La Liga Round 4

Levante U.D. 0 – Real Sociedad 0
Granada 0 – RCD Espanyol 1
Getafe 2 – Osasuna 1
Elche 0 – Real Valladolid 0

After a week off La Liga, the Champions League starts. This is one factor that will generate new energy and change the rhythm of all teams. This key factor will fluctuate again. In this new scenario the players must find their natural rhythm and bound it to the rhythm of the team, both on and off the field. The teams will search for the rhythmic balance that shall be consistent with the results. Until next weekend with more football!

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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