Real Madrid extends their lead
Real Madrid seems like they are going to lead La Liga for a longer period as they took the chance given by Sevilla, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid.
First out was Atletico Madrid. The Madrid club were at 4th place four points behind third placed Barcelona and eight points up to the leader Real Madrid who also has one game in hand. Atletico Madrid had to take Alaves. The newcomers surprised Barcelona at Camp Nou and now had the chance to disturb Ateltico. Alaves is actually the strongest team of the newcomers with 23 points in 19 games they are 10 points from the bottom third and secure 12th spot in the league. Atletico had a tough a time against a very competitive team. They were even lucky to not drop all points and somehow succeeded to end the game goalless. A point each for both teams was a disappointment for Alaves who deserved more. Atletico would even hate the draw more after seeing how the weekend results shaped out.
Barcelona played an early Sunday game, away in Sevilla they had to take on Real Betis. They are also one of the three new teams this season in the Primera Division. Barcelona who trashed one of their biggest nightmares Real Sociedad in the King´s cup had enough confidence and where like always tipped as favorites. But Barcelona played one of their worst games this season. The team had no energy and the tiki-taka we are used to see where all gone. It was even Betis that scored the first goal, and it came in the second half. Barcelona started to press at the end and had a ball over the goal line but the referee decided that the ball wasn´t over. A controversy that has led to Luis Enrique raising the Goalline technology question up again. But Suarez managed to level the game at the last five minutes and the game ended in 1-1 draw. That means that Barcelona managed to have same amount of points as second placed Sevilla.
Sevilla where up next and had a tough game against a very defensive Espanyol that have been playing on a new level this season. Sevilla had just come from a huge cup blow against Real Madrid. Even though that they defeated Real in the league and were very close to them they have now made the gap wider. 3-1 defeat away against Espanyol meant that Real Madrid would play their game and knowing beforehand that no matter what the result is they would have at least one point lead and one game in hand.
To give the table leader such opportunities is a big problem. Since all the other top clubs dropped point Real had their golden chance now. And they truly made everything that was supposed to be done from winter champions. Trashing Real Sociedad at Bernabue with 3-0 meant that the they extended their lead from one point to four. And with one game less played meaning it could go up to seven points. Something that makes life difficult for the other clubs since it is known that in La Liga the top clubs rarely drops points.