With European football back in full steam, so many things have stayed the same amid the Covid-19 outbreak but there are new scripts being written.
Let’s take a trip across some of the interesting things that happened last week in La Liga.
Lionel Messi escaped punishment for an angry push on Liverpool target Diego Carlos. For someone who gets kicked and pushed so much, Lionel Messi doesn’t have as much of a temper as you might expect.
In fact it took a bad tackle on his friend Luis Suarez to bring out his angry side, and he shoves Diego Carlos over with all of his might.
It probably looks much worse when you see it in slow motion, but Messi was still not shown the red card as many have voted.
Lionel Messi will always have the freedom to play football however he wishes and score at as many goals as he can to outshine Cristiano Ronaldo but when he puts his hands up to shove an opponent, football law demands action. Referee Jose Luis Gonzalez shirked that responsibility last Friday when Messi shoved Sevilla’s Diego Carlos at the very end of the first half in the damaging 0-0 result.
It looks like a scene out of George Orwell’s Animal Farm where “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” In a poll conducted by Marca, 41 per cent of the respondents said Messi should have been shown a red card.
Liverpool fans may be familiar with Diego Carlos after he was linked with a move to Anfield various times over the past few months.
HITC recently reported that Sevilla were looking to find a replacement for the defender because of that interest from Liverpool, and Carlos looks like he could be a great partner for Vigil van Dijk.
He’s physical, pacey and good with the ball, so he should fit into Liverpool’s style.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien slams LaLiga officials’ use of VAR
Barcelona manager Quique Setien has slammed the use of VAR in LaLiga after bitter rivals Real Madrid took advantage of three close calls to go above his side in the title race.
Goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema ensured Real went to the top of the table with a controversial 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday night.
The spot kick awarded to Zinedine Zidane’s team, later converted by Ramos, was certainly a dubious one and one of three close calls that all went Madrid’s way at the Reale Arena.
3 Real Madrid captains against Sociedad
Real Madrid after last weekend’s clash have been in the news for several reasons. What interest fans most will be the fun fact that they managed to upset Barcelona by taking leadership of the La Liga table.
The other interesting side to their victory was how three captains struggled against Real Sociedad. The captain, Sergio Ramos, scored a penalty against Real Sociedad to become the highest scoring defender in La Liga history with his 68th goal–his seventh in the current campaign.
Ramos then got injured and passed the captain’s band to Marcelo Vieira, who was then taken off and the band ultimately passed to Raphael Varane.
Talk of passing the baton to claim La Liga leadership.