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La Liga 2019/20 - Week 4 Fixtures - 13th-15th September 2019

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Yesterday, Friday's result;

Real Mallorca 0-0 Athletic Club Bilbao (FT)

Just started at the Santiago Bernabéu;

Real Madrid v Levante UD

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Saw Fati gets on the scoresheet again. He's gonna be some player. 

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1 hour ago, Stan said:

Saw Fati gets on the scoresheet again. He's gonna be some player. 

Have you seen the assist he recreates by himself for Frenkie de Jong a few minutes later?

Ansu Fati could've also have scored a hat-trick.

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Ansu Fati has been Barcelona's best attacking player this season and he's only just left school...

Crazy the amount of ability he has shown so far and as it stands, he deserves his starting spot in the side.

I think it's obvious also that Arthur and De Jong need to be playing together(with Busquets) as they are both brilliant and compliment each other well.

Good to see Suarez score 2 goals on his return also. Typical Suarez finishes! Hopefully he can keep away from injuries(which have been a problem for him since early last season) and we get to see the best Suarez once more.

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17 hours ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Ansu Fati has been Barcelona's best attacking player this season and he's only just left school...

Crazy the amount of ability he has shown so far and as it stands, he deserves his starting spot in the side.

I think it's obvious also that Arthur and De Jong need to be playing together(with Busquets) as they are both brilliant and compliment each other well.

Good to see Suarez score 2 goals on his return also. Typical Suarez finishes! Hopefully he can keep away from injuries(which have been a problem for him since early last season) and we get to see the best Suarez once more.

Ansu Fati does look very special indeed. The enthusiasm he shows right from the word go is something that's very needed with a team like Barcelona that likes to play a tempered game at the start so as to analyse the situation. It's great to see rivals having to think about what to do defensively before they can think about mounting attacks.

On the Frenkie de Jong issue... Valverde has been playing him in the wrong position so as to get the best of him. Not that De Jong can't play in every midfield position becaue he can and he's very good doing all of those jobs, but where he excels is in that central midfield position. Ernesto Valverde said something very interesting regarding this in the post-match press conference where he said that De Jong could provide something vital to the team which is what in Spain is called "La Segunda Línea" (The Second Line) which more or less means 'Coming In Late' but which in typical traditional Spanish football is a tactic used with midfielders that have had that implemented into their game from a very early age. It's not just strategic, it has to be second nature to the midfielder.

What Luis Suárez has achieved in his goalscoring career to date at Barça is literally astounding. He hasn't achieved it just anywhere as I said earlier on the in the dedicated Barcelona thread, he's managed to amass the goal numbers at a club that has had some of the greatest players in history pulling on that shirt. What he has achieved is simply legendary already.

Finally, I want to say that Barça really do have to sort out that defence if this season is going to be a success. They won't be getting away with those lapses in defence when they play against sides that have great players up front and can defend very well which limits your goalscoring opportunities. This in itself I'm sure will be keeping Valverde up at night considering he does tend to lean towards a more structured tentative game so as to not leak goals and rely on chances being put away to win close games by the great players Barcelona have up front. It could make him resort to playing the same way which has seen him being criticised so far during his coaching career at the club. He has to find a method of getting the midfield to protect that backline because the gap between those two lines when caught sometimes looks like an empty pitch with only rival players positioned there so as to capitalise. 

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Betis were all over the place defensively even before the red card, too much space gifted to Getafe which played right into their hands.

Betis have had a poor summer really, they've started the season with Kaptoum, Carvalho, Guardado in the centre of midfield. Guardado is not at the level he once was and is ageing, Kaptoum is hated by Betis fans, and Carvalho has to be used in a certain way to get the best out of him. They've left themselves short in a key position. 

The early signs of Rubi's reign don't look good, defensively they looked all over the place yesterday.

Fekir has started the season very well and has been a class above, with Canales. Depending on how Betis do this season and if he can stay fit, it wouldn't surprise me to see Fekir snapped up by someone at the end of the season.

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1 - Martin Ødegaard in the game against Atlético de Madrid:

1 goal
3 shots - 2nd Real Sociedad
3 chances created - 2nd Real Sociedad (= Portu)
52 passes - 3rd Real Sociedad
36 passes in opp half – 1st of match (= Koke)
9 recoveries - 1st of match

Stellar.

 

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