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La Liga Roundup after Matchday 18

La Liga Roundup - How Messi and Suárez have embarrassed Real AND Atlético

January 7, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
Los Blaugranas extended their lead at the top of the Spanish top flight, but there's more to talk about after this weekend's games.

Each and everyone of the teams in La Liga has played 18 games now, with Barcelona unsurprisingly leading the pack. What really stands out is that Los Blaugranas did not have the best start of the season, but ended up finding the way to make their opponents surrender time and time again.

Furthermore, the partnership between Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez has been quite productive in the ongoing season, with both footballers leading the goalscoring charts. Their antics have seen them sending the ball to the back of the net 28 times, which is something that only three other teams have been capable of doing.

In fact, Messi's influence in the team's performance has also eclipsed the entire goalscoring haul accomplished by Real Madrid and Atlético, as these numbers below will show.

Pichichi race

In the early weeks of the season, Christian Stuani was the man calling the shots in the Spanish top flight. Now, Messi and Suárez have taken over, with no sign of them being interested in stopping.

La Liga standings after 18 games

Barcelona is now five points above Atlético, with Sevilla and Alavés completing the tournament's top four. Regarding Real Madrid, their season seems to be going nowhere, even with Solari's appointment. Will Los Blancos end the competition away from Champions League spots?

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Atlético Madrid 17 14 2 1 33 7 +26 44 WWWWW
2 Real Madrid 18 11 4 3 30 15 +15 37 DWDWW
3 Barcelona 18 10 4 4 37 17 +20 34 WWWDW
4 Villarreal 19 8 9 2 28 19 +9 33 DWWLD
5 Sevilla 18 10 3 5 23 16 +7 33 WLWDW
6 Real Sociedad 19 8 6 5 29 16 +13 30 LDWLL
7 Granada 19 8 4 7 23 31 -8 28 DWLLW
8 Real Betis 19 8 2 9 24 32 -8 26 WWDLW
9 Cádiz 19 6 6 7 17 24 -7 24 DWDDL
10 Getafe 18 6 5 7 16 18 -2 23 WWLLD
11 Celta de Vigo 19 6 5 8 23 30 -7 23 LLLWD
12 Levante 18 5 7 6 25 26 -1 22 DWLWD
13 Athletic Club 18 6 3 9 21 22 -1 21 LWLDW
14 Valencia 19 4 8 7 25 26 -1 20 DWDLL
15 Eibar 19 4 7 8 16 20 -4 19 LLWDL
16 Real Valladolid 19 4 7 8 18 27 -9 19 DLWDL
17 Deportivo Alavés 19 4 6 9 17 25 -8 18 LLLDW
18 Elche 17 3 8 6 16 23 -7 17 DLLDD
19 Osasuna 19 3 7 9 16 28 -12 16 DLDDD
20 Huesca 19 1 9 9 14 29 -15 12 LLLLD
Champions League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Group Stage)
Promotion - Europa Conference League (Qualification)
Relegation - LaLiga2


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