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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 Atlético Madrid 34 23 7 4 61 22 +39 76 WLWWD
2 Real Madrid 34 22 8 4 58 24 +34 74 WDWDW
3 Barcelona 34 23 5 6 80 33 +47 74 WLWWL
4 Sevilla 34 22 4 8 49 27 +22 70 LWWWW
5 Real Sociedad 34 14 11 9 51 35 +16 53 LWWLD
6 Villarreal 34 13 13 8 51 38 +13 52 WLLWL
7 Real Betis 34 14 9 11 43 46 -3 51 DDDDD
8 Granada 34 13 6 15 43 55 -12 45 LWLWW
9 Athletic Club 34 11 12 11 44 36 +8 45 WDWDD
10 Celta de Vigo 34 11 11 12 46 51 -5 44 WWLDL
11 Osasuna 34 10 10 14 31 41 -10 40 LLWWW
12 Cádiz 34 10 10 14 29 49 -20 40 WDLDW
13 Levante 34 9 11 14 38 48 -10 38 LLLLW
14 Valencia 34 8 12 14 43 51 -8 36 LDLDD
15 Getafe 34 8 10 16 26 40 -14 34 LWLDL
16 Deportivo Alavés 34 7 10 17 28 52 -24 31 LDWWD
17 Real Valladolid 34 5 16 13 32 46 -14 31 DDDDL
18 Huesca 34 6 12 16 32 50 -18 30 WLLLW
19 Elche 34 6 12 16 29 50 -21 30 LWDLL
20 Eibar 34 5 11 18 26 46 -20 26 WLLLL
Champions League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Group Stage)
Promotion - Europa Conference 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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