LaLiga 2018/19, Gameweek 15: Team of the Week
LaLiga’s winter break is approaching, as clubs look to gain crucial points before a bit of time away from the pitch. Several sides recently found themselves climbing the table, while others see their current situations becoming less positive.
The week’s action began at Butarque with the South Madrid derby, as Leganés and Getafe battled to a 1-1 draw. Los Pepineros continue to put some space between themselves and the drop zone, unbeaten in their last five league fixtures.
Saturday’s early kick-off saw Atlético Madrid and manager Diego Simeone cruise to a comfortable three points at home, dominating Alavés in a 3-0 result. At one point on top of the division, Alavés have now slid to fifth.
Valencia and Sevilla ended their encounter in a 1-1 draw. Celta Vigo earned an impressive victory away from home, securing a 3-2 triumph at Villarreal.
El Derbi Barceloní was the highlight of the weekend on Saturday evening, although it was not much of a competition for the home fans, unfortunately. Barcelona controlled the match and the final scoreline, running out to a 4-0 win. The Blaugrana remain in first place, three points clear of Sevilla and Atlético.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend was found in Sunday’s early match, thanks to a thrilling encounter in the Basque Country. Eibar and Levante played to a remarkable 4-4 stalemate, with a stoppage-time strike from Borja Mayoral rescuing a point for Levante.
Real Madrid were expected to defeat bottom-of-the-table Huesca, but few would have thought it would be such a struggle. A 1-0 win for Los Blancos was not inspiring, but the result does move them back into the top four.
Real Valladolid picked up an impressive 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad before Real Betis finished off the day’s games with a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Monday evening brought a vital 1-0 win for Athletic Club against Girona.
The coming week brings the final matchdays of the Champions League and Europa League, as several teams look to close out the group stage on a positive note.
We offer up the top players in LaLiga during Matchweek 15:
GK - Jan Oblak - Atlético Madrid
Jan Oblak has been a steady presence at the back for Atlético Madrid, and can sometimes make strong showings appear routine. That was the case on Saturday against Alavés.
The 25-year-old made three saves and positioned himself effectively throughout the match. It was Oblak’s seventh clean sheet of the season, more than any other goalkeeper in the league.