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La Liga - Week 24 Fixtures - 16-19th February, 2018

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Friday 16th February, 2018
Girona vs Leganes, 20.00

Saturday 17th February, 2018
Las Palmas vs Sevilla, 12.00
Eibar vs Barcelona, 15.15
Alaves vs Deportivo La Coruna, 17.30
Malaga vs Valencia, 19.45

Sunday 18th February, 2018
Real Sociedad vs Levante, 11.00
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao, 15.15
Espanyol vs Villarreal, 17.30
Real Betis vs Real Madrid, 19.45

Monday 19th February, 2018
Getafe vs Celta Vigo, 20.00

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Barcelona away to SD Eibar before their Champions League clash against Chelsea is a hard rock to break.  Be ready for another lack lustre performance.

Thankfully both Atlético and Real have their tough games.

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15 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Can honestly see it being another draw, 1-1 I'll say.

Me too and I can see Valverde being satisfied with that although obviously a win would be brilliant.

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So Girona win AGAIN and this time against Leganés by 3-0. Their very first ever season in La Liga is becoming a fairytale story and if it wasn't enough of that already when they got promoted for the first time in their history, all of this must have their fans in the clouds with delight.  Their home stadium of Montilivi is fast becoming a fortress that even the big clubs hate visiting as Real Madrid well know.

 A few years back we had an even smaller club get promoted for the first time ever in the shape of SD Eibar who had to somehow raise €4m just to be able to pay the season's deposit for the running of bookings and everything else that goes along with high end football... But in Eibar's very first season in La Liga they almost got relegated and infact they were relegated when we look at their final standing that season in La Liga but it was the fiscal errors of another club that saved them and they got a reprieve. Since then their home stadium has become a fortress and they've become a common fixture in La Liga that is very hard indeed to decode into victories.  

Girona though, are finding life in Spain's top division a sort of enjoyment where they don't even have to play the usual promoted small club style football of fightball to maintain their status.  They actually play some fantastic football and a rather unique brand to boot. Stuani, Portu and Juanpe scored the three goals for Girona today.

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Strong squad for Barca despite the Chelsea game coming up

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15 hours ago, SirBalon said:

So Girona win AGAIN and this time against Leganés by 3-0. Their very first ever season in La Liga is becoming a fairytale story and if it wasn't enough of that already when they got promoted for the first time in their history, all of this must have their fans in the clouds with delight.  Their home stadium of Montilivi is fast becoming a fortress that even the big clubs hate visiting as Real Madrid well know.

 A few years back we had an even smaller club get promoted for the first time ever in the shape of SD Eibar who had to somehow raise €4m just to be able to pay the season's deposit for the running of bookings and everything else that goes along with high end football... But in Eibar's very first season in La Liga they almost got relegated and infact they were relegated when we look at their final standing that season in La Liga but it was the fiscal errors of another club that saved them and they got a reprieve. Since then their home stadium has become a fortress and they've become a common fixture in La Liga that is very hard indeed to decode into victories.  

Girona though, are finding life in Spain's top division a sort of enjoyment where they don't even have to play the usual promoted small club style football of fightball to maintain their status.  They actually play some fantastic football and a rather unique brand to boot. Stuani, Portu and Juanpe scored the three goals for Girona today.

What´s their relationship with City? I know that there are some City players, such as Douglas Luiz, loaned there, but is there any kind of agreement or City share of ownership?

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4 minutes ago, El_Loco said:

What´s their relationship with City? I know that there are some City players, such as Douglas Luiz, loaned there, but is there any kind of agreement or City share of ownership?

The owners of Man City also run a company called 'City Football Group'. They own all of Man City and some ownership of Girona, Melbourne City, New York City and a couple of other clubs I think. 

There's an equal share of Girona by City Football Group and Girona Football Group. The latter is owned by Pep Guardiola's brother.

 

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12 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Very good performance against a great club in Eibar, the game isn't finished yet though and there's every chance this could still end level. 

Jordi Alba very impressive as always down that left-flank. He's been superb every week under Valverde.

Umtiti has also been solid(he's bailed Pique out a few times when the Catalan has been caught with his knickers down) and Messi's passing has been brilliant, he should have scored that chance where he hit the post though.

Suarez himself has been his usual self and I could see him being the most likely of grabbing another.

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I'll catch upon the game later because I was out for drinks with workmates this afternoon.  But the result is brilliant because this fixture was a very very difficult one on paper and on top of that a clean sheet.

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57 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Nothing magic to watch but a very solid, tactical performance. Bodes well for Chelsea.

Yeah mate, I've been reading in the Spanish sports press that it was a very professional performance.  My problem with that when the Spanish press say it is because it's filled with all sorts of connotations like for example negative ones that the team may all of a sudden no be flowing like they were.

Anyway, that aside, I don't care because everyone knows that this particular game was a hard nut to crack.

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Malaga take a shock lead at home to Valencia!

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Malaga have imploded here. A Coquelin header has them rattled and now they've given away a penalty in the 84th minute. 

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Penalty scored by Dani Parejo. Gotta feel for Malaga but on the whole, they should have capitalised on the pressure they put on Valencia for majority of the game. 

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44 minutes ago, Stan said:

Penalty scored by Dani Parejo. Gotta feel for Malaga but on the whole, they should have capitalised on the pressure they put on Valencia for majority of the game. 

Agreed... Málaga should've got a lot more out of that and shouldn't have lost.  That's been the story of their season though and the reason why they find themselves where they are in La Liga.  But on the other hand that's the sort of game Valencia were constantly losing last season which is something Marcelino should be applauded for. 

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agree on both counts. It's times like these where, for Malaga, you start off a game with so much belief and spirit but with the way the season has gone, it dissipates so quickly. Made even harder when you come up against a team like Valencia who, when not even playing well, still have enough quality to get something out of the game. 

The 2nd goal for Valencia was a car crash in defence. Malaga had lost their heads when the equaliser went in. Times like those you need calm and where players need to step up. Easier said than done!

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12 hours ago, Cannabis said:

Every week can't be a 7-0 victory with fancy flicks and brilliant goals. Sometimes you need to dig deep and grind out the win and that's what Barcelona did. 

A good performance from Eibar as expected and a win where I personally would have been happy with a draw, very impressive!

The team have been like that all season in these types of games and have shown two sides. That dominant, free-flowing exciting to watch side that can tare an opponent apart and then a more resilient and effective unit who can get the job done when things aren't going well. Valverde deserves a lot of credit here as, in terms of results, he hasn't got much wrong this season.

It's all about what he can do in the Champions league now. It's always an ultra difficult tie against Chelsea.

 

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13 hours ago, Cannabis said:

Every week can't be a 7-0 victory with fancy flicks and brilliant goals. Sometimes you need to dig deep and grind out the win and that's what Barcelona did. 

A good performance from Eibar as expected and a win where I personally would have been happy with a draw, very impressive!

 

2 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

The team have been like that all season in these types of games and have shown two sides. That dominant, free-flowing exciting to watch side that can tare an opponent apart and then a more resilient and effective unit who can get the job done when things aren't going well. Valverde deserves a lot of credit here as, in terms of results, he hasn't got much wrong this season.

It's all about what he can do in the Champions league now. It's always an ultra difficult tie against Chelsea.

 

Watched the game back this morning and indeed it was one of those performances like the ones early on in the season where the team became very practical and just concentrated on trying not to make mistakes with a lot of discipline. Infact the only player who in a few moments seemed to forget Valverde's directive for yeasterday's game was Gerard Piqué.

As the press in Spain are printing this morning, a very professional performance and anything else yesterday would've almost certainly ended in defeat and not even a draw.

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18 hours ago, El_Loco said:

What´s their relationship with City? I know that there are some City players, such as Douglas Luiz, loaned there, but is there any kind of agreement or City share of ownership?

Stan explained it well mate although I do want to add that I think I read that nothing is official as of yet with the Man City group and part ownership.  What's for sure is that Pep Guardiola's brother, Pere, is highly involved.

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Just now, SirBalon said:

 

Watched the game back this morning and indeed it was one of those performances like the ones early on in the season where the team became very practical and just concentrated on trying not to make mistakes with a lot of discipline. Infact the only player who in a few moments seemed to forget Valverde's directive for yeasterday's game was Gerard Piqué.

As the press in Spain are printing this morning, a very professional performance and anything else yesterday would've almost certainly ended in defeat and not even a draw.

Pique was caught with his pants down on a few occasions, but luckily Umtiti was there to bail him out.

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26 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Pique was caught with his pants down on a few occasions, but luckily Umtiti was there to bail him out.

That spell he had reminded me of the same thing he done in the Confederations Cup Final against Brazil some years back where he was all over the place and got caught out for a spell of 20 minutes.  Neymar just stuck to him for that spell and they were out of sight by the time Spain got playing.  I'm referring to that because in the Champions League moments like that can leave the team without options.

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Sociedad making light work of Levante. Leading 3-0 just after HT. 

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Espanyol reacted too late against Villarreal which finished 1-1.

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