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La Liga - Week 37 Fixtures - 12-13th May, 2018

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all 17.30 unless stated

Saturday 12th May, 218
Real Sociedad vs Leganes, 15.15
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo La Coruna vs Villarreal
Eibar vs Las Palmas
Getafe vs Atletico Madrid
Girona vs Valencia
Real Betis vs Sevilla
Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo, 19.45

Sunday 13th May, 2018
Espanyol vs Malaga, 15.15
Levante vs Barcelona, 19.45

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The Sevilla derby was a very good game and both clubs have now secured their position in Europe next season after the draw. Joaquin might now be in his mid 30s, but he's still a quality player and showed it again tonight. He has managed to play 34 games this season for Real Betis and been very important in getting them into the Europa league.

 

As for Real Madrid, they look in top condition tonight against Celta going into the final. Bale has been on fire lately and Liverpool will have to watch out for him.

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55 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

That was Bale at his best tonight. The one from Spurs @Storts

Yeah - he’s still so talented, the criticism frustrates me, because he steps up so often when Ronaldo is out. His record this season when not injured has been excellent again. 

That second goal was vintage Bale

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9 hours ago, Storts said:

Yeah - he’s still so talented, the criticism frustrates me, because he steps up so often when Ronaldo is out. His record this season when not injured has been excellent again. 

That second goal was vintage Bale

Bale's problem has always been injuries. He's had it difficult, especially since moving to Spain. But whenever fit, his goals scoring record is always up there with the best and he's a constant threat.

If Real were to buy someone like Neymar, then it's Benzema who should get the boot. With Ronaldo thriving as a target man, having Bale and Neymar next to him would be too much. Hopefully Neymar doesn't go there though xD

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1 hour ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Bale's problem has always been injuries. He's had it difficult, especially since moving to Spain. But whenever fit, his goals scoring record is always up there with the best and he's a constant threat.

If Real were to buy someone like Neymar, then it's Benzema who should get the boot. With Ronaldo thriving as a target man, having Bale and Neymar next to him would be too much. Hopefully Neymar doesn't go there though xD

We can all have our views and opinions but in Spain (the Madrid based media) don't really rate Gareth Bale that highly mate.  It goes beyond the injuries and that's a whole different discussion we can have on whether or not that has much to do with the football discussion where Bale is concerned.

The press make headlines when he scores very good goals (like yesterday's to use the most recent example) or important goals like in the Copa del Rey Final against Barcelona some years back or in the first of the two Champions League Finals against Atlético Madrid.

But scoring goals isn't exactly why Bale was signed by Real Madrid. Where Bale gets criticised is on his football and what he offers the team.  It's kind of unfair because to be honest that's always been Bale's style of football, physical prowess, power and a string accurate shot.  There is no technical ability and it's very monotone... This isn't my opinion (although I totally agree with it), it's how he is seen in Spain by pundits and the sports press.

He has undoubted ability in certain areas but lacks a lot in others.  Let's not kid ourselves just because he's scored a few goals in two weeks.

Also, I want to add this final thing... Gareth Bale was bought to finally take over Cristiano Ronaldo.  That's the question and that's the debate we can have on Bale where Real Madrid are concerned.

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6 minutes ago, Stan said:

@SirBalon @The Rebel CRS

Messi not in the squad tonight. Know why?

The World Cup as far as the local press are concerned. It's all done now and no point in risking anything occurring in a dodgy tackle. He will be playing the final game at home against La Real to say goodbye to Iniesta though.

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2 hours ago, SirBalon said:

The World Cup as far as the local press are concerned. It's all done now and no point in risking anything occurring in a dodgy tackle. He will be playing the final game at home against La Real to say goodbye to Iniesta though.

His European Golden shoe seems to have been wrapped up as well, so a rest is probably wise. On the subject of his golden shoe, it'll be a record 5th.


Also a chance for Dembele to continue showing what he's about.

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2 hours ago, The Rebel CRS said:

His European Golden shoe seems to have been wrapped up as well, so a rest is probably wise. On the subject of his golden shoe, it'll be a record 5th.


Also a chance for Dembele to continue showing what he's about.

5th European Golden Boot for someone that isn’t even 9. Not bad, is it! ;)

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Levante 2-0! Unbeaten record in real jeopardy 

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Coutinho pulls one back - on a good run of form although this one takes a big deflection 

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3-1! What a goal - straight after the restart 

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4-1!!!! Boating hattrick - incredible

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What could have been a legendary and historic league title win is now just a regular title win that will always be overshadowed by Real's Champions league win(just like the domestic double of 2 seasons ago), an embarrassing loss against Roma and an absolute hammering against Levante to end what could have been an historic league title win.

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xD

Real Madrid remaining the invincibles of Spain 

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3 minutes ago, Storts said:

xD

Real Madrid remaining the invincibles of Spain 

Or is it...Coutinho pulls one back. 5-2 and 5 in 5 I think for him now 

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It's now 5-3 and a penalty to Barca, likely 5-4 xD

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16 minutes ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

Unzips pants :xIncredible result!!

Put your dick away 

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3 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Put your dick away 

Speak for yourself...

 

Keep it out please honey 

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Barcelona are such petulant children when things aren't going their way. 

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Yerry Mina is a bad luck charm. 

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Oh well... Sad it couldn’t be, but what a game! WOW!!! :o

Sort of saved Madrid’s season this. :congrats:

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I don't think this current Barcelona side deserved to have the unbeatable's tag associated with them. I've certainly not been as impressed with them as I have previous season's when they have won the league and still lost games. I know that sounds silly given they have walked the league but I don't think the standard has always been as consistent as say Man City in the Premier League.

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7 minutes ago, SirBalon said:

Oh well... Sad it couldn’t be, but what a game! WOW!!! :o

Sort of saved Madrid’s season this. :congrats:

I was thinking about it. If Real Madrid wins the Champions League, with the elimination at the hands of Roma like it was and the loss of the invincibility, does it mean to Barça fans it´s a bad season despite the double? 

Another question, has this match decided Mina´s fate? 

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6 minutes ago, El_Loco said:

I was thinking about it. If Real Madrid wins the Champions League, with the elimination at the hands of Roma like it was and the loss of the invincibility, does it mean to Barça fans it´s a bad season despite the double? 

Another question, has this match decided Mina´s fate? 

Its still his first *half* season at the biggest club in the world. Some players need time when making the jump to Europe and even more to a club like Barcelona. I would give him time, I remember people heavily criticized Neymar's first season at Barcelona because he was still developing and had just joined from the Brazilian league.

If there is no room for him, send him on loan.

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6 minutes ago, Blue said:

Its still his first *half* season at the biggest club in the world. Some players need time when making the jump to Europe and even more to a club like Barcelona. I would give him time, I remember people heavily criticized Neymar's first season at Barcelona because he was still developing and had just joined from the Brazilian league.

If there is no room for him, send him on loan.

Mina is just not ready to play at Barcelona. I wouldn´t sell him, especially at a low, he has many qualities. He is very gifted physically, fast, strong, very good on aerial balls. But his sense of positioning leaves a lot to be desired.

I guess a long-term loan, like Marlon´s, is the best option for all parties. Mina is quite a character, dude is really fun and I hope he succeeds in european football. For now though, a step back would make sense.

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