Over the last week we learned a lot about the different battles across LaLiga, and now we enter a crunch period for every club with eight games on Sunday followed by a full round of mid-week fixtures, with the fight for survival, battle for Europe and the title race still all up for grabs. At the top of the league, I can see Real Madrid being too strong. Once Real Madrid get going on a run like this, they can be unstoppable and the club has a good chance of winning a remarkable LaLiga and Champions League double, something that was unthinkable at the start of 2021.
Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos’ first-half goals proved enough for Real despite Barca dominating possession, with Oscar Mingueza pulling a goal back.
The Valencia team walked off the field last Sunday after a racial insult was claimed to have been made.
Not only the emotions of the fans, but also the financial implications for both the club and players - it could be the difference between a better contract, or not, come the end of the season. It goes without saying the next 10 games will be crucial in Atlético Madrid’s bid for the title: the players lack some experience, but the international break will have helped them. Kieran Trippier’s return to the side has been vital.