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La Liga Roundup after Matchday 31

La Liga Roundup - Suárez's curious record, Messi's usual display and Simeone's hoodoo steal the show

April 8, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
Only a major disaster could see Barcelona losing the title after beating Atlético this weekend. Here are some facts and stats that stood out this week in the Spanish top flight.

Only a major catastrophe could see Barcelona losing the 2018-19 La Liga title after what happened this weekend. Los Blaugranas managed to beat Simeone's Atlético Madrid with a couple of late goals by Messi and Suárez, and they have a commanding 11-point lead over Los Colchoneros with 21 points left for all La Liga teams to fight for.

Winning two more games would almost end Atlético's chances of winning the title, and now, Los Colchoneros will try to secure the second place in the Spanish top flight, since Real Madrid is once again breathing down their neck.

La Liga standings after 31 games

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Real Madrid 8 5 3 0 16 8 +8 18 WDWWW
2 Barcelona 8 5 1 2 20 10 +10 16 WWWLW
3 Atlético Madrid 8 4 3 1 7 4 +3 15 DDWDL
4 Granada 8 4 2 2 15 10 +5 14 LWDWW
5 Real Sociedad 8 4 1 3 13 9 +4 13 LLWWW
6 Sevilla 8 4 1 3 10 11 -1 13 LWLLW
7 Athletic Club 8 3 3 2 7 4 +3 12 LLDWD
8 Valencia 8 3 3 2 12 12 0 12 WWDDL
9 Villarreal 8 3 2 3 19 13 +6 11 LWLWW
10 Levante 8 3 2 3 10 10 0 11 WDLDL
11 Osasuna 8 2 5 1 7 7 0 11 WDLDD
12 Getafe 8 2 4 2 12 12 0 10 WLDWD
13 Real Valladolid 8 2 4 2 7 8 -1 10 DWDLD
14 Eibar 8 2 3 3 10 10 0 9 DWWDL
15 Celta de Vigo 8 2 3 3 5 9 -4 9 WLDDL
16 Real Betis 8 2 3 3 11 16 -5 9 DLWDD
17 Deportivo Alavés 8 2 2 4 5 9 -4 8 LWLLL
18 Mallorca 8 2 1 5 6 12 -6 7 WLLLD
19 Espanyol 8 1 2 5 4 14 -10 5 LLDLW
20 Leganés 8 0 2 6 4 12 -8 2 LLDDL
Champions League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Qualification)
Relegation - LaLiga2

Messi, Suárez and Benzema hit positive milestones

Needless to say, Barcelona fans were treated to a record-breaking evening at Camp Nou, thanks to Messi's display. The Blaugrana ace became the most winning player in La Liga history, surpassing Iker Casillas' tally with Real Madrid. The real question we need to ask ourselves is: how many more games will Messi win before his career comes to an end?

During that same game, Luis Suárez reached new heights with his goalscoring prowess, achieving a milestone that some would find curious for a top-rated striker.

Now, off to Madrid, as Karim Benzema has cemented his reputation as Los Blancos' best player in what has been a dismal season. The French striker has found the back of the net 26 times in all comps for Los Blancos, and while it hasn't been enough to replace Cristiano Ronaldo's impressive numbers, he seems to have earned the trust of the fickle Real Madrid crowd at the Bernabeu.

But it was not all good in the Spanish top flight this weekend. One coach that really needs to find a way to beat Barcelona in league games is Diego Simeone, because even if he has been a La Liga boss since 2011, he has never claimed a single win against Los Blaugranas in La Liga matches.

 

 


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