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La Liga Round-up after March 14 games

La Liga Round-up: Real extend lead at the top with El Clásico right around the corner

March 15, 2022 By Oscar Rojas
Los Blancos will make it to face their bitter rivals with a handsome lead, but Los Culés will want to confirm themselves as title contenders after a few weeks on the rise.

The most recent weekend in La Liga has left fans asking for more, and how could hold back in their desire to watch more football with the kind of games that will be coming next weekend! The outcome of this weekend's matches will surely have a massive effect on what's next, especially with the two most popular teams being involved in the discussion.

As of now, Real Madrid are still the league leaders with a handsome lead over their nearest competitor, but a team everyone had written out of the title race has bounced back in spectacular fashion. Now, Ancelotti's team and those ahead of Barcelona must be wary of their upcoming games, since Los Culés have proven to be quite a headache for their rivals, and with ten weeks left to decide the title, anything can happen in the Spanish top-flight.

Both the battle for the top spot and to maintain the category are heating up, so let's have a look at the key talking points after a hectic weekend in La Liga.

Who are the top teams in La Liga?

Los Blancos made the most out of their Monday night outing against Mallorca, which granted them a ten-point lead over Sevilla. On the other hand, Los Hispalenses must be worried about Barcelona's surge, as Los Culés are five points behind them now and still with a game in hand. Atlético are level on points with Xavi's team, and Betis completes the top five with 49 points but with a brand of football that does not seem to be getting the most out of their skills, judging by their latest results.

La Liga top 3 scorers 

Karim Benzema added two more goals to his tally with a brace against Mallorca, cementing his spot as the top scorer in the league. Vinicius followed suit with one more goal to his name, reaching 14 in what has been his best season by far since he joined Los Blancos. The third place in this ranking belongs to Iago Aspas, who has found the back of the net 13 times this season.

more goal to his tally this weekend against Alavés, while his teammate Vinicius also scored once to keep himself in the Pichichi race. Espanyol's Raúl de Tomás was not able to score this weekend, but he kept his spot among the top three strikers thanks to his 13-goal haul after 25 games for Los Periquitos.

La Liga – top headlines 

Benzema becomes most prolific striker in French football history - The French star has now become the best French striker in history, as he surpassed Thierry Henry's tally of 411 goals this Monday with his brace against Mallorca. Real Madrid's No.9  is also one goal away from setting a personal record for most goals scored this season, a feat he could accomplish if he plays El Clásico next weekend.

Barcelona and Real Madrid get to El Clásico with similar streaks - The time has come for the two most popular teams in Spain to lock horns one more time in La Liga, and this match could not be more promising than it already is. Xavi's men and Ancelotti's team will reach the match in similar form, as both teams have gathered five wins and one draw in their last six matches. Barcelona have found new goalscoring life with 20 goals in those six games, while Los Blancos have cemented their success in their ironclad defense, which has conceded once in thos six matches.

Aubameyang off to a flying start with Barcelona - The Gabonese footballer has now entered a special place for Barcelona's goalscoring history, as he has recorded the second best start for a player wearing those colors. The former Arsenal player has now found the back of the net five times in six games, a form only surpassed by Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored five times in five games each.

La Liga - Must-watch games from February 25-28, 2022 

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: A game that needs no introduction could have a massive effect on the outcome of La Liga. Los Blancos are fifteen points ahead of Los Culés, but a win for Xavi and his crew could have a domino effect with ten games left in the tournament. If that happened, the momentum would shift to Barcelona's control, which means Real Madrid will want to do everything in their power to keep all the points at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and kill Barcelona's title hopes once and for all.

Rayo Vallecano vs Atlético Madrid: Simeone's men have won four in a row, and one more win here could give them a chance to opt for the title if Barcelona drop points with a loss or a draw in El Clásico. As for Rayo, their success during the first half of the season has faded away, and with a record of five losses in their last six matches, it seems that the other team from Madrid really needs to worry about how to turn things around before they get in more problems to avoid relegation.

Sevilla vs Real Sociedad: Los Hispalenses have drawn three out of their last four, and if they want to keep their title options, they must beat Real Sociedad and hope for Los Bllancos to drop points. Real Sociedad, the team traveling to Sevilla this weekend, are four points away from UEFA CL spots, and a victory here would do wonders for their cause.

*Keep track of all the action in the Spanish top-flight by following our dedicated La Liga competition page.  

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