Getafe – FC Barcelona: Attacking talent the difference for Barcelona against well-drilled Getafe (1-2)
Getafe came out with a plan to press and block Barcelona for as long as they could, while making the most of whatever possession they could
It could have been worse, this game. Much worse. While Sevilla against Atlético could have been a battle to give the ball away to your opponent,
FC Barcelona – Celta de Vigo: The Messi – Alba duo bring lethargic Barcelona the win over an underdeveloped Celta (2-0)
Celta’s failure to properly defend the Leo Messi – Jordi Alba connection allowed Barcelona to score twice in the first half and achieve a straightforward victory.
Levante UD – FC Barcelona: bold Levante is demolished when attempting to trade punches with Messi (0-5)
Levante succeeded at enforcing a direct, high-tempo game, while Barcelona struggled due to the use of an improvised 3-5-2 shape that mirrored Levante’s own 3-5-2 formation.
Real Madrid – Rayo Vallecano: Benzema Overcomes A Lack Of Collective Mechanisms To Push Madrid Over The Line (1-0)
Real Madrid struggled to break down one of the worst defenses in the league before Benzema took over and led a brief renaissance. Half-time killed the
RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona: Stellar Messi leads Barcelona to crush Espanyol in tactical battle of pressing systems and counterattacks (0-4)
An initially conservative Espanyol changed their approach after Messi’s first brilliant free kick goal. However, Barcelona’s fire power of Suárez, Dembélé and a stellar Messi still
Deportivo Alavés – Sevilla FC: Sarabia and Promes turn around Sevilla’s fortunes against rock-solid Alavés (1-1)
Alavés dominated the first half with an uncharacteristic pressing scheme on Sevilla’s midfielders, effectively disconnecting Sevilla’s midfield from their attack. During the second half, Sevilla substitutes
Real Madrid – Valencia: Valencia Attempt Second Half Comeback But Can’t Overcome Superior Madrid (2-0)
Real Madrid calmly gained an advantage over a listless Valencia side, before securing the result on the counter-attack when Valencia decided to become more proactive. Tactical
Real Sociedad – Celta de Vigo: Excellent pressing and defensive organization yields three points for Sociedad (2-1)
Real Sociedad won their first home match of the season scoring two goals against a passive Celta defense. Sociedad were strong in their pressing and prevented
Atlético Madrid – FC Barcelona: An injury-time Dembélé goal settles stalemate between two conservative teams (1-1)
Ernesto Valverde revisited last season’s 4-3-1-2 midfield diamond with four central midfielders, but it was not enough to create good chances against a solid Atlético wall.