What has been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are 10 of the top stories, from the UEFA draws to transfer news.
Back to back matchdays, finalising transfers and European draws… it’s been a busy week in LaLiga.
Real Madrid Go Back On Top
Real Madrid are the defending LaLiga Santander champions and they’re back in their comfort zone at the top of the standings.
By taking 10 points from their first four games, Real Madrid are in first place as LaLiga Santander pauses for the October international break.
The Champions League Group Stage Draw
The Champions League group stage draw took place in Geneva this past week.
Real Madrid have been drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Barcelona will take on Juventus, Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencváros. Atlético de Madrid will meet Bayern Munich, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow. Meanwhile, Sevilla are in a group with Chelsea, Krasnodar and Rennes.
Granada Book Their Place In The Europa League
After finishing seventh in LaLiga Santander last season, Granada earned their first ever trip into European competition.
They had to navigate three rounds of qualifiers to make the Europa League group stages and have done exactly that, overcoming Teuta Durrës, Lokomotivi Tbilisi and then European regulars Malmö, winning 3-1 in Sweden.
Granada, Villarreal And Real Sociedad Learn Their Fate
Now that Granada are into the Europa League group stages, they’ve found out who they’ll be playing in their group. The Andalusian side have been paired with PSV Eindhoven, PAOK and Omonia.
Villarreal are also in the Europa League and are in a group with Qarabağ, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Sivasspor, while Real Sociedad’s Europa League group contains Napoli, AZ Alkmaar and Rijeka.
Sevilla End Nine Years Of Camp Nou Frustration.
After losing 10 times in a row at the Camp Nou, Sevilla were finally able to leave Barcelona with a positive result this weekend.
They earned a 1-1 draw against Ronald Koeman’s side, taking their first LaLiga Santander point from the Camp Nou since 2011.
Barcelona’s First Ever American Sergiño Dest Has Made History
After completing a transfer from Ajax to Barcelona, the right-back became the first ever American player to represent Barcelona in a competitive match.
Coming on against Sevilla in the second half, the USA national team player wrote his name into the record books and he could soon be followed by his international teammate Konrad de la Fuente, who was on the bench.
Luis Suárez Returns To Spain
Colombian striker Luis Suárez is back in Spain, having joined Granada from Watford. The 22-year-old striker impressed while on loan at Real Zaragoza last season, scoring 19 goals in 38 LaLiga SmartBank matches and will now take the step up to LaLiga Santander level.
Injury Headaches For Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s doctors have been busy this week, with several players ending up on the club’s medical reports.
Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Álvaro Odriozola have all suffered issues over the past week and are now working on their respective recovery processes.
Hugo Mallo’s Record
RC Celta may have lost their most recent game, falling 2-0 to Osasuna, but it was a special occasion for club captain Hugo Mallo.
He represented the Galician club in LaLiga Santander for the 236th time, overtaking Aleksandr Mostovoi to become the club’s all-time appearance leader in Spain’s top flight.
Nine Different Laliga Teams Are Represented In The Spain Squad
The October international break is coming up and Luis Enrique has named his Spain squad, which includes players from nine different LaLiga clubs.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla, Athletic Club, Real Betis, Real Sociedad and Levante all have at least player in the team.