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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 Barcelona 38 26 9 3 90 36 +54 87 DWLWW
2 Atlético Madrid 38 22 10 6 55 29 +26 76 DDLWW
3 Real Madrid 38 21 5 12 63 46 +17 68 LLWLD
4 Valencia 38 15 16 7 51 35 +16 61 WWWLL
5 Getafe 38 15 14 9 48 35 +13 59 DLWLD
6 Sevilla 38 17 8 13 62 47 +15 59 WDLLW
7 Espanyol 38 14 11 13 48 50 -2 53 WWWDD
8 Athletic Club 38 13 14 11 41 45 -4 53 LWLDW
9 Real Sociedad 38 13 11 14 45 46 -1 50 LWWWL
10 Real Betis 38 14 8 16 44 52 -8 50 WWLDL
11 Deportivo Alavés 38 13 11 14 39 50 -11 50 WLLDL
12 Eibar 38 11 14 13 46 50 -4 47 DLWWL
13 Leganés 38 11 12 15 37 43 -6 45 LLWDL
14 Villarreal 38 10 14 14 49 52 -3 44 DWLDW
15 Levante 38 11 11 16 59 66 -7 44 DWWLW
16 Real Valladolid 38 10 11 17 32 51 -19 41 LWWLW
17 Celta de Vigo 38 10 11 17 53 62 -9 41 DLWDD
18 Girona 38 9 10 19 37 53 -16 37 LLLWL
19 Huesca 38 7 12 19 43 65 -22 33 WLLDW
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 8 8 22 41 70 -29 32 DLLWL
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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