10 things we discovered about LaLiga Santander this past week

What has been happening in LaLiga during the previous week? Here are 10 of the greatest stories, from Real Madrid's spirited Copa del Rey victory to En-Nesyri's Player of the Month honour

(Football news) Real Madrid’s Rodrygo leads them to Copa del Rey victory

Real Madrid defeated CA Osasuna 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night in Seville. Rodrygo was the match-winning scorer, scoring both goals as Los Blancos won the title. Rodrygo, who is only 22 years old, has already won eight trophies with Real Madrid in his career.

CA Osasuna creates memories and history

CA Osasuna had a memorable week even though they lost the Copa del Rey championship game. Tens of thousands of fans travelled to Seville to cheer on Los Rojillos, a team from Pamplona, who were well-supported. Even though they ultimately fell short, Lucas Torró’s goal will always be remembered by the supporters who will watch their club compete in the Spanish Super Cup the following year.

Getting seventh gets you a plane ticket to Europe

Specifically for the Conference League, seventh place in LaLiga Santander qualifies as a position in the European playoffs because Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey. Intriguing competition exists between Athletic Club, Rayo Vallecano, and Girona FC, who are all vying for the same position in the standings as Girona FC.

The honour for April’s Player of the Month goes to Youssef En-Nesyri

Youssef En-Nesyri was named the winner of the Player of the Month award for April this past week. The Sevilla FC center-forward scored goals against Cádiz CF, RC Celta, and Villarreal CF to help his team earn crucial points during that month.

The race for second has begun

With Atlético de Madrid now in second position on 69 points and Real Madrid in third on 68 following the results of Matchday 33, Los Colchoneros have surpassed their city rivals in the LaLiga Santander table. The two capital city clubs will engage in a spirited competition to finish higher in the standings over the season’s last five matchdays.

Atlético de Madrid might end up becoming the highest scorers

In addition to competing with Real Madrid for the final spot in the LaLiga Santander standings, Atlético de Madrid is also getting closer to clinching the distinction of ending as the league’s top scorer. Atleti is continuing to play well offensively as evidenced by their spectacular 5-1 victory over Cádiz CF on Wednesday. 

They currently have 60 goals for the year, 32 of which have come in the 14 games since Matchday 19’s halfway point. Atleti might overtake Real Madrid, the team with the most goals so far, who have 69, if they continue to play at this rate.

Return of Bordalás

When José Bordalás played at home for the first time since taking over as coach of Getafe CF on Matchday 33, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez crowd experienced nostalgia. Enes Ünal’s penalty gave Getafe CF an early advantage over RC Celta, and they were able to maintain that 1-0 lead until the end of the game to earn a crucial three points.

Real Sociedad is being propelled into the Champions League by Takefusa Kubo

Real Sociedad is still in fourth place and now trails Villarreal CF in fifth place by seven points. Takefusa Kubo, a Japanese winger who scored the opening goal in La Real’s 2-0 victory over Real Madrid on Matchday 33, is largely responsible for their ability to close the gap in recent weeks.

Next year, Elche CF will compete in LaLiga SmartBank

The 2-1 loss at UD Almera last week mathematically sealed Elche CF’s relegation to LaLiga SmartBank, dealing a shock to the team’s supporters. Since the team’s poor start to the season, its relegation has been anticipated for some time; however, it has finally been confirmed. Since 2020, they have been back in the top level, and they intend to immediately return there.

The ‘Team of the Season’ candidates are announced

This week, the nominees to make the 15-man ‘Team Of The Season’ squad were announced, with this award being organised by LaLiga and EA SPORTS. The nominees are: Thibaut Courtois, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Álex Remiro, Jan Oblak, Jeremías Ledesma, Jules Koundé, Nahuel Molina, Arnau Martínez, Éder Militao, Robin Le Normand, José María Giménez, David García, Pau Torres, José Luis Gayá, Javi Galán, Alejandro Balde, Nemanja Gudelj, Yeray Álvarez, Toni Kroos, Frenkie De Jong, Brais Méndez, Sergio Canales, Mikel Merino, Gavi, Pedri, Luka Modric, Sergi Darder, Gabri Veiga, Fede Valverde, Dani Parejo, Eduardo Camavinga, Nico Williams, Isaac Palazón, Álvaro García, Lee Kang-In, Aleix Garcia, Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, Enes Ünal, Joselu, Antoine Griezmann, Iago Aspas, Borja Iglesias, Vedat Muriqi, Dembelé, Raphinha and Vinicius Júnior.

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