From Luis Suarez’s instant impact to yet another record for Zinedine Zidane, here’s a quickfire roundup of what’s been going on in LaLiga this week.
A complete round of action
There was a staggered start to the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season, with some clubs beginning their campaigns later after having been involved in competition deep into August. This past weekend, though, all 20 top-flight teams took part in an action-packed weekend. Real Betis and Granada remain joint-top at this early stage, even though both those sides suffered defeats – to title challengers Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid, respectively – on Matchday 3.
Luis Suárez makes an instant impact for new club Atlético
The Uruguayan wasted no time in making his mark for his new side following his midweek move to the capital, scoring twice and providing an assist after coming off the bench in the second half of his debut against Granada. He left Barcelona as a club legend, the third highest scorer in the club’s history, and will hope to continue making history at Atleti.
Granada’s European journey continues
Despite their heavy loss to Atleti, joint-league leaders Granada will likely still consider this week a success if they can continue to impress in Europe. The Andalusians won another Europa Leagua qualifier last week – beating Gerogian side Locomotive Tbilisi 2-0 – to set up a Europa League qualifier against Malmö this Thursday evening.
A new contract for Uroš Račić
There is growing hype surrounding Valencia’s Serbian midfielder Uroš Račić, who has been featuring a lot for Los Che to start the season and who has just committed to the club by penning a contract extension. The 22-year-old’s new deal runs until 2024 and he is certainly one to watch over the coming years.
A quality reinforcement for Huesca
Newly-promoted Huesca have already impressed with their ambitious style of play. By landing Javi Ontiveros on loan from Villarreal, there is even more reason to watch Huesca’s progress as the talented young playmaker should fit right in to coach Míchel’s system.
Zidane’s latest record
Real Madrid’s 3-2 away win at Real Betis this weekend meant Zinedine Zidane celebrated his 100th victory as a coach in LaLiga Santander. His overall record in Spain’s top division is now an impressive 100 wins, 30 draws and 17 defeats from 147 matches in the dugout.
Jony returns to LaLiga Santander
Osasuna have brought in winger Jony Rodríguez from Lazio for the upcoming campaign, with the 29-year-old returning to Spain after one year in Serie A. The Barcelona academy graduate has played for a number of historic Spanish clubs already in his career, among them R. Sporting, D. Alavés and Málaga CF.
The first match at the new-look El Sadar
Jony’s debut came in what was a very special match for Osasuna. The club played their first match in their redeveloped El Sadar stadium. With a brand new roof fitted over the summer break, the stadium refit looks more impressive than ever and marks the club’s centenary, which they’ll celebrate next month.
Teams prepare for the first midweek round of the season
There will be various midweek matchdays this LaLiga Santander season and the first of them takes place this week, from Tuesday to Thursday. The round kicks off with Real Sociedad vs Valencia, a classic matchup of Spanish football, on Tuesday evening, and ends with usually unpredictable fixture: RC Celta hosting Barcelona in Vigo.