For the 50% matches having been played in the season, it’s time to look back to the losses and victories of matches across Europe. All correspondents of European League will rate for the team’s season so far, finding a star man, flock, discussing existing questions and forecasting sequences of rest campaigns.
Ernesto Valverde has brilliantly stop bad status since the loss in Super Cup. With 9 points more than Real Madrid at Christmas, Barcelona safely enter into Champions League and won 25 games, keeping a great unbeaten records in the season. As for the star man, there are several candidates. It’s obvious that Lionel Messi is a predictable star man in the season. In addition, Paulinho will be an interesting choose for the summer much-maligned signing. It’s possible for Samuel Umtiti to be elected as a star man while the performances of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the season is also extraordinary. The improvements of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen lay great foundation to the success of Barcelona in the season.
The bad performances of Gerard Deulofeu in the season make many people doubt whether he has prepared for the Barcelona’s first team. It’s obvious he has not prepared to play for the Barcelona’s first team, viewing from his bad performances. In the case of Ousmane Dembele's injury, it’s an extremely good chance for him to impress.
Important question: Could Dembele make his contributions to Barcelona even better or rock the balance between them?
It is predicted that Li Liga will be the runner-up of Spanish Cup and qualify for the semi-finals of Champions League.
Real Madrid: D
Victories having won in two Super Cups and the Club World Cup cannot offset the 14 points off in La Liga. The second place qualification in the Champions League is not good for the club Real Madrid.
Star man of Real Madrid: It’s predictable for Ronaldo to be taken as one of candidates of star man; Isco’s good status on sports fields and absence from the bad Clasico disaster prior to the winter break. This absence enhanced his reputation to a certain degree.
Flop: Karim Benzema experienced the most severe criticisms in fall for missing of chance many times. He hit the framework over six times rather than the back of net in many competitions.
Important question: Will club President Florentino Perez buy footballers in January for the Cup competitions? The failure of Clasico needs some kinds of reaction – waking up potential in the club by winning help of top defender and striker. Some predict that Real Madrid will win the third place, enter into semi-finals, and win the runners-up at Champions League.
Atletico Madrid: B
The club has been defeated by the other club one time in La Liga, and it is the nearest and competent competitor to Barcelona. Nevertheless, poor performances at Champions League reveal that it is B for Diego Simeone's boys thus far.
Star man: As the critical footballers of Spain, Jan Oblak win 10 clean sheets and conceded more than a goal one time. The eminent Slovenian can keep cool in shambles of Champions League, keeping his head held high.