Indefinite and disfigured, LaLiga moves along a surprising route, far from the times when Barça and Madrid exceeded 100 points, days when Christian Y Messi they played the Golden Ball in fields of maximum difficulty such as Mestalla, San Mamés or Pizjuán. The individual and collective duel of azulgrana and madridistas did not admit truce, demanded a maximum tension in the field and in the bench, because otherwise it waited the Athletic one of Simeone, the unique alternative in the last decade, able to gain the title in 2013 -2014, today devalued after losing 11 points out of 18 in his departures from the Metropolitan Wanda.
The departure of Cristiano, a season after Neymar ran away, has opened the Madrid and put the focus on Messi until the injury of 10. For the purposes of points, the azulgrana have responded wonderfully to the absence of Rosario: nine over nine. The condition of Barcelona's leader is not disputed. Barça's reliability, however, is compromised by the hole that Ter Stegen has in his goal. The Barcelonistas fit an average of 1.27 goals per game, a record that refers to the times of Serra Ferrer and Rexach, in 2000-2001, and also to the year of Tito Vilanova, 2012-2013, settled in any case with the title of League.
Even Leganés, Rayo and Huesca, the teams in the relegation zone, have scored two goals each to Barcelona. The guys from Valverde take at least one goal each time since the second and their brilliant win at Madrid (5-1) was preceded by 20 minutes of uncertainty since Marcelo put the 2-1. They do not close the games, they have less stability and control of the game and when they do not press they are not the stable team that last season drew nine games and only lost the last one against Levante. Obsessed with the Champions League, Barça conceded two points against Girona, Athletic and Valencia and lost in Leganes. Although indolent and disconcerting, it is more solvent than Madrid.
The Madridistas are seven points behind the leader and seven of the last 10 Leagues. The fate of Florentino Perez's club, which boasts a squad with eight Golden Ball candidates, is in the hands of two characters from Castilla after dismissing Lopetegui: Solari and striker Vinicius. The coach appeals to the "balls" and the player celebrated his goal of rebound with Valladolid as if it had been a Chilean Cristiano. The Brazilian, an 18-year-old boy, looks at him as if he were a talisman, a magician of fortune, capable of changing the fate of a team that is fighting with the goals and with the supporters of the Bernabéu.
Vinicius is an agitator in a club paralyzed like Madrid. The president is not decided by Conte, they do not break Isco or Asensio, they do not mark Benzema and they do not awaken Bale. The Welshman has equaled his worst streak as a scorer after seven days without scoring, as in 2015, dry since September 1. Luis Suarez has more goals than the white front: nine, six in the last four days after 26 shots, shows the Uruguayan leadership in the absence of Messi. The claw of the striker holds Barça, while Sergio Ramos is offered as a shield of Madrid, also when you have to shoot a penalty for more than Vinicius.
Absence of references
Both assume the responsibility in times of resignation of the figures that discussed Leo Messi and Cristiano. Griezmann rejected Barça and stayed at Atlético with the condition that Simeone put together a team to win LaLiga. Lemar has improved the squad and, however, the rojiblancos have already yielded five draws, one less than they added when they won the title, when they totaled 10 victories in the first 11 days (2014). The 0-1 has ceased to be a sign of victory in a new team that plays as if it were old, a circumstance that compromises Cholo.
Lemar is not the figure of the League, nor any of the most expensive signings in the history of Barça -Coutinho, Dembélé and Malcom-, much less Bale. We no longer speak of tridents, or fantastic quartets, but of anonymous heroes like Borja Iglesias or Toni Villa. The fashion coaches are called Rubi, Sergio González, Abelardo and Paco López. Even Marcelino is questioned in the Valencia, champion in 2004 with eight draws and seven defeats, now demanded by the Champions and denied before Bono-nine stops starred in the goal of Girona- despite aligning five points: Mina, Rodrigo, Ferrán, Gameiro and Batshuayi.
Only Sevilla, which passed those of Cain after losing to Getafe, is sustained in a middle class diminished by the role of Celta, Real Sociedad or Villarreal. There is no team that is not conditioned by the VAR and the World Cup hangover. Strategy and counterattack are valued more than possession, defended by Betis de Quique Setién. It is not strange that, in the absence of references and references, the context evokes moments like the one played by Piqué. The central one dressed as a battering ram, like Alexanco in situations of desperation of the Dream Team, to save the leadership of Barça, the team that won the most points after going behind on the scoreboard: 12.