La Liga review’s team of the week has some obvious choices in attack alongside some more controversial inclusions in defence. Its also good to see some of the new faces to Spanish football make an immediate impact.
GK: Abondanazzeri (Getafe)
CB: Thuram (Barcelona)
CB: Ayala (Valencia)
RB: Diogo (Zaragoza)
LW: Petrov (Atletico)
CM: Diarra (Real Madrid)
CM: Renato (Sevilla)
RW: Maldonado (Betis)
CF: Eto’o (Barcelona)
CF : Van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)
A fairly easy choice for our strike pairing with both players leading the Pichichi this week. Ruud Van Nistelrooy looks back to his best and made the kind of debut for Real Madrid that players can only dream of. He should have had four at the Ciutat de Valencia, but in spite of missing a penalty, will be more than happy with his hatrick. Samuel Eto’o scored two more at the weekend against Osasuna and played an important part in the third; looked a constant threat.
At the back, another of our debutantes and a player who looked as if he’d played in La Liga all of his life, so assured was his performance for Barcelona against Osasuna. Alongside him, Ayala, back in the Valencia side following his spat with the ‘management’ . The Argentine missed most of pre-season and it could not have been easy following all that has been said. He may be playing for a move in January and trying to prove that he has still ‘got it’ , but ‘got it’ , he certainly has.
Diogo impressed against Espanyol and showed real tactical awareness whenever Zaragoza had to defend with a man less than their opponents following Leo Ponzio’s (30 min) sending ; Instrumental in Zaragoza’s clean sheet . Paredes deserved inclusion last week so makes it into the eleven this week for another solid performance that saw Getafe collect another three points, this time in a valuable win over Racing.
Petrov was a constant threat against Valencia and, in spite of defeat, the player is proving his worth to Aguirre following some excellent international performances during the previous week. Elswhere in our midfield, Diarra provides the solidity and Renato the killer ball and the occasional goal. Scored a blinder at the weekend, only Snr Del Nido won’t let us look at it!
Our keeper, Abondanazerri had less to do this week against Racing than in the previous week, but as the only goalkeeper in the league who still hasn’t let one in; he must be doing something right.