Wide Open La Liga Is Not Boring And Uncompetitive4 min read
“La Liga is boring and uncompetitive” is a saying that does the rounds regularly, and whilst it’s true that a handful of the same teams normally end the season towards the top of the division, the same can be said for the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue1.
Spain is no different in that regard, however, perhaps the narrative is about to change.
With seven games gone only one team remains unbeaten; Real Madrid. But they’re just one point ahead of their nearest pursuers and any of the teams all the way down to seventh in the table could leapfrog them with a win.
La Liga table | Matchday 7 pic.twitter.com/wj5e76kiZe
— Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) September 29, 2019
Only a week or so ago, there was talk of a crisis at Barcelona, but two wins against Villarreal and Getafe have seen the Blaugrana climb up to fourth, just two points behind Los Blancos.
Early front runners Atletico Madrid are still only a point off of top spot, whilst Athletic Club, enjoying their best start to a season for some while, are propping up the top six and still well in touch with the leading pack.
The surprise package are newly promoted Granada.
They’ve already shown that they’ll be difficult to beat in 2019/20, with Barcelona one of their early-season victims. Currently in second in La Liga with 14 points, the results in their opening seven games will surely be better than they expected.
At present, the league is wide open. No team is playing consistently well, and that’s why so many are bunched together.
Whoever starts getting their act together first can expect to begin to pull away, and the table might take on a different look after another seven games have been completed.
If Barcelona plug the gaps in their defence – their 10 conceded is the joint-second worst in the whole Spanish top flight – there’s a chance of staking a claim to a ninth league title in the last 12 seasons.
Diego Simeone has Atleti playing as well as could be expected after their summer clearout, whilst Zinedine Zidane has to prove to the doubters that he has what it takes domestically, not just in one-off Champions League ties.
Ex-Real boss, Julen Lopetegui, has seen his Sevilla side tail off just a little, but the Andalusians have looked exciting going forward and are going to be a difficult customer for most of their opponents.
There is a genuine chance for teams other than the ‘big three’ to shake things up a bit, so it’s time for them all to believe and, hopefully, achieve.