After multiple delayed and postponed games, Spanish Football’s La Liga 2020-21 season finally slouched to a start with a full slate of scheduled matches spread out over two weeks. The one common denominator of the matches has been the lackluster play of most teams and of most stars.
As of today, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Elche, and Sevilla, have yet to play a match. Not even a slouch.
On Saturday, September 12th, Eibar and Celta Vigo drew 0-0, Granada defeated visiting Athletic Bilbao 2-0 and newly promoted Cadiz lost 0-2 at home to Osasuna.
On Sunday, September 13th, Alaves lost 0-1 at home to Real Betis, Real Valladolid were held by visiting Real Sociedad 1-1, Barcelona-Elche and Real Madrid-Getafe were postponed, Villarreal drew 1-1 at home to Huesca, and Valencia made home turf count defeating Levante 4-2.
On Saturday, September 19th, hosts Villareal defeated Eibar 2-1, Getafe beat visiting Osasuna 1-0, and playing at home Celta Vigo dispatched Valencia 2-1.
On Sunday, September 20th, Huesca lost at home 0-2 to Cadiz, Levante-Atletico Madrid and Sevilla-Elche were postponed, Granada won over visiting Alaves 2-1, Real Betis won 2-0 at home over Real Valladolid, and Real Sociedad drew 0-0 with Real Madrid in a game that could have been more entertaining if simulated on FIFA.
With 28 of the scheduled 40 matches played, Granada and Real Betis top the table with six points and a +3-goal differential, followed by Villarreal and Celta Vigo at four points and +1-goal differential each. The top scorers, all tied with two goals, are Gerard Moreno of Villarreal, Manu Vallejo, and Maxi Gomez of Valencia, Jose Luis Morales of Levante, Iago Aspas of Celta Vigo.
Some player retention and moves of note as the season begins are Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez remain at Barcelona (the latter’s future still in the air), Gareth Bale completed his loan move to Tottenham, David Silva returned to Spain from England, landing at Real Sociedad, and Martin Odegaard returned and started with Real Madrid against the team he was loaned to, Real Sociedad.