PETE JENSON: Xavi is fortunate to have De Jong at Barca – 10 items we acquired from LaLiga this weekend


Real Madrid strike 4 previous Actual Mallorca on Sunday to preserve their 100 for each cent get started to the time, while Barcelona held up the strain on their rivals by scoring four targets of their individual at Cadiz.

Meanwhile, True Betis defeat Villareal in the best of the relaxation in LaLiga this weekend as the Yellow Submarine lastly conceded their first objective of the time.

There was also double Valverde brilliance, stress for Gattuso, and that normal reminder that soccer is not far more significant than lifestyle and demise, as Sportsmail’s Pete Jenson analyses 10 factors we figured out from LaLiga this weekend.

1. The referee’s a lifesaver

Carlos del Cerro Grande was the gentleman in the middle during Barcelona’s earn more than Cadiz and it was his decision to prevent the recreation with nine minutes left for the reason that he had become informed that a spectator wanted urgent medical care. 

Play could have continued when professional medical team dealt with the incident but with the video game stopped everyone’s interest targeted on the coronary heart assault target and from that instant there ended up quite a few heroes. One medic, Cadiz fan Cristian Cornejo, was shut to the incident and came to the stricken spectator’s assist. 

There was a cardiologist ‘Carlos’ in the major stand and he manufactured his way throughout the pitch to support. Barça health-related staff bought the existence-saving defibrillator on to the pitch and Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma carried it, sprinting, to the individual. 

Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande manufactured a very important final decision to end the activity so that a enthusiast could get clinical notice

When the lover was resuscitated it was Cadiz sub Jose Mari who aided medics carry a stretcher to the patient who possessing been revived was taken to hospital. 

People associated say preparations for this sort of times can continue to be improved with a defibrillator in each stand but with the patient understood to be progressing satisfactorily, a life was saved on Saturday.

2. Xavi was lucky Frenkie de Jong stayed

No one uncertainties the top quality of Bernardo Silva but the internet attain would have been debatable had he arrived and De Jong left. 

In midweek in the Champions League De Jong was excellent in the absence of Sergio Busquets, enjoying a defensive midfield function Silva would not have suited, and on Saturday he was remarkable more forward as Barcelona beat Betis.

Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has shone in his last two matches, proving his worth to Barcelona

Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has shone in his previous two matches, proving his really worth to Barcelona

3. Lewandowski will not want long

He was rested in readiness for the Bayern Munich test that awaits him on Tuesday evening. 

But Barcelona required his targets from Cadiz and in just nine minutes he got his ninth purpose in all competitions for Barcelona. He was also the architect of Ansu Fati’s goal in the 4- earn.

Robert Lewandowski (pictured) came off the bench to score an important goal against Cadiz

Robert Lewandowski (pictured) came off the bench to rating an important intention versus Cadiz

4. Hazard is not a fake 9

Chelsea supporters would be the very best decide of no matter whether or not he ever was. What is crystal clear that at this stage in his profession, he’s not up to the task of changing the absent Karim Benzema. 

He appeared sharp ample in Authentic Madrid’s earn around Celtic in the Champions League but Authentic Madrid had been considerably superior when he went off and Rodrygo and Vinicius played closer alongside one another.

Eden Hazard has shown that he is not a like-for-like replacement for Karim Benzema

Eden Hazard has revealed that he is not a like-for-like replacement for Karim Benzema

5. Madrid have the new Neymar(s)

When Real Madrid expertise spotter Juni Calafat was billed with generating absolutely sure that never again would the club miss out on the finest Brazilian talent to Barcelona, his achievement was a even though coming, but boy was it truly worth the wait. 

Vinicius will inherit Neymar’s crown as the ideal Brazilian on the earth and his pal Rodrygo will not be considerably driving him. 

If all a few hook up in Qatar their country will be Planet Cup favourites.

Rodrygo (right) and Vinicius Jr (left) have developed a lethal partnership at Real Madrid

Rodrygo (correct) and Vinicius Jr (still left) have designed a deadly partnership at True Madrid

6. Who dares wins

Julen Lopetegui was a person poor end result absent from the sack and he made a decision if he was heading down he was going to do it his way. 

He remaining two senior appropriate backs on the bench for the match at Espanyol and gave Jose Angel Carmona a get started. The 20-yr-aged scored 2 times and set up a single in advance of likely off fatigued in the 3-2 acquire. 

Sevilla have relied for years on Monchi’s intelligent signings. Now it truly is time for the kids to glow beneath their defiant coach.

Julen Lopetegui made some bold calls over the weekend and they paid off for Sevilla

Julen Lopetegui produced some bold calls above the weekend and they compensated off for Sevilla

7. Betis successful Spain’s other league

Unai Emery wore that pained expression that we’ve noticed in advance of when all the great setting up falls down due to the fact of skipped prospects and a defensive error. 

Villarreal had been fantastic in the showdown involving the two ‘best of the rest’ teams in Spain but it was wily Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis aspect who became the initially crew this year to rating against Villarreal, and took the 3 details to go third.

Manuel Pellegrini (pictured) saw his Real Betis side overcome Villarreal on the weekend

Manuel Pellegrini (pictured) saw his True Betis facet triumph over Villarreal on the weekend

8. Valencia are in some cases superior, occasionally not so excellent

Okay so that’s not rather what Gennaro Gattuso famously said when he was OFI Crete coach but it is really unquestionably genuine of his latest aspect. 

Valencia defeat Getafe 5-1 last 7 days but succumbed 2-1 to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday: it is going to be an up and down season at Mestalla.

Gennaro Gattuso's side have been good at times this season, but were below-par on Saturday

Gennaro Gattuso’s side have been fantastic at periods this time, but have been beneath-par on Saturday

9. Antoine Griezmann has never ever been so preferred

Significantly loved at Serious Sociedad, not all Atletico Madrid supporters have normally been fully on Griezmann’s side but his 50 % hour shifts are creating him a thing of a cult hero.

For the fifth time this time he arrived on just soon after the hour mark at the weekend – and all so Atletico Madrid are not obliged to obtain him for €40m in the summer.

They will nevertheless want him but at a significantly minimized cost and preserving the club cash and executing properly as a super sub is profitable hearts and minds at the Metropolitano. How very long he places up with it with a smile on his face is yet another subject.

Antoine Griezmann's cameo appearances are making him a cult hero at Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann’s cameo appearances are making him a cult hero at Atletico Madrid

10. Valverde is distinctive

Get your pick. You can have Serious Madrid’s midfielder Fede, who scored the goal of the weekend running from midway inside his have 50 % to the edge of the penalty area in advance of burying a remaining-foot shot. 

Or you can have Athletic Bilbao’s delicate-mannered, notice-staying away from mentor Ernesto, who has the Basque aspect up to fifth with a thumping acquire about Elche. 

Both of those the Uruguayan international and the previous Barça league-successful mentor are quite superior at what they do.

Midfielder Fede Valverde (above) is continuing to go from strength to strength at Real Madrid

Midfielder Fede Valverde (previously mentioned) is continuing to go from energy to toughness at Authentic Madrid