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The first day of The league 2020 has put an end to the first round of the championship. After 19 dates and in full Ecuador of the competition the 20 teams have been consolidating in the table and with greater or less certainty they already know why they will fight this course. These are the 10 keys that define what has been so far La Liga 2019/2020.
Barcelona and Real Madrid, co-leaders
Barcelona Y Real Madrid they finish the first round tied at the top of the table. The Catalans seem to have to suffer much more this year if they want to win the title again for the third consecutive year. It is being a cheap leadership, since Barca and whites have punctured in seven and eight days, respectively. If the second round were the same way, there would be a champion with 80 points since 2007 when Madrid was champion with 76 tied with the Catalan club.
The outpost of Atleti and Seville
Barça and Madrid represent the head of the table, but follow five points Atleti Y Seville. Moments of disparate form for both teams, since those of Simeone add three consecutive victories and those of Lopetegui have taken a downturn by clicking on three of the last five days. They dream about the title, but they know it's hard. However, they finish four points in the fifth place (Real Sociedad) and consolidate in the other two Champions positions.
The fight for Europe
Much more tight is the duel for the fifth and sixth place granted by two tickets for the Europa League next season. Real society Y Valencia they finish the first round occupying these positions and tied at 31 points, but up to five teams are at a difference of five points. Getafe, Athletic, Villarreal, Pomegranate Y I raised They go on the hunt for European posts.
A not so open descent
The tail of the table brings great surprises and is that two teams that were not expected to see there end the first round in a dangerous situation. Its about Spanish and of Celtic. The parakeets, who have changed coaches twice, are chasers with eleven points, while Celta seems that another year should fight for permanence until the end. Espanyol has not played in Segunda since 1994, while the last descent of the Galicians was in 2007 and did not return to Primera until five years later.
Leganés Y Majorca they are also in the fight and above are Eibar, Alaves Y Valladolid, which should not be neglected.
Speaking of the revelations teams is the Getafe again if you look at the table. Last year the Bordalás got into Europa League and want to repeat this year. The azulones, under the same formula as last year, have also learned to combine their European adventure. La Real, which marks fifth, has taken a great leap in quality this season with a young and ambitious squad.
The other unquestionable surprise is the Pomegranate. One of the newly promoted teams this season and who became a leader 46 years later. The Nasrid team, which seemed to have to fight for permanence, has more than half an objective accomplished.
On the opposite side, in the case of disappointments, it is impossible not to mention Espanyol again, who lost Rubí and Borja Iglesias in summer, and Celta, despite the signings of Santi Mina, Denis Suárez and Rafinha. But some other team whose results are being below the expectations placed on them.
A case is that of Betis, which ends in the second half of the table with 24 points. Despite being reinforced with Fekir or Borja Iglesias, the Verdiblanco team is not even close to the European struggle that is where it should be for the budget invested in signings in summer.
Sevilla, the best visitor
The other leaders of the League. At home, the big ones fail less than anyone else and Barça, Madrid and Atleti occupy the first three places just counting the matches as local. Athletic is still very strong in San Mamés, just as Valencia has grown this season in Mestalla.
There is surprise in the table as a visitor and is that the best home team is Sevilla with 20 points, followed by Madrid and Real Sociedad. Those of Lopetegui, of course, are the worst in La Liga when they play at home, placing themselves in the second half of the table.
A (almost) defined pichichi
The battle for him Pichichi It started open, with several players rooted in the face of the goal but that have been diluted (Loren and Gerard Moreno), Benzema remains up, with 12, but still behind Messi. The Argentine has again shown that he is from another planet and that he has been in the league for 13 goals despite starting five days later than the rest because of an injury. Neither Leo nor Karim should relax since Luis Suarez has tightened in recent days and has already scored 11 goals.
As for the Zarra Trophy, prize to the top Spanish scorer of the season, is headed by a striker of Levante, Roger Martí, with nine goals. It is followed by Lucas Pérez (Alavés), Loren (Betis), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) and Ángel (Getafe) with eight goals all of them.
The team that scores the most goals is Barcelona, with 49, boosted by the goals of his trident made up of Messi, Suarez and Griezmann. The second is Madrid, with 36, and Real Sociedad and Villarreal with 33 follow. The least fit, with 12 goals, are the two greats of Madrid who have received eleven goals less than Barça in this first round.
Stars by surprise
The Messi, Benzema or Suarez are still the protagonists of La Liga, but this first round has let shine a handful of players who have woken up this season. For example, Chimy Ávila whose signing for Osasuna It could not have come better. Of the newcomers to La Liga, this course can also highlight Ocampos, Diego Carlos, Fekir or Zambo Anguissa. Among young people there have been revelations such as Rodrygo, Renan Lodi, Salisu or Isak.
Looking forward to the second round, much more is expected of several signings that arrived last summer between lights and that, so far, have not yielded as expected. It is the case of Hazard and Joao Felix, especially, but also of Jovic, Rony Lopes or Luuk de Jong.
Five layoffs on the benches
The first 19 days of La Liga have been enough to cost the head of several coaches. Up to five coaches have been fired since August. The first came in September and by surprise as Marcelino left his place to Celades in Valencia after a very controversial dismissal.
Espanyol takes the palm with two layoffs, first David Gallego and then Pablo Machín, so that Abelardo is the coach who finishes the first round in office. He debuted with a draw against Barcelona. In full fight for permanence, Leganés also threw Pellegrino to bring Javier Aguirre and Celta was charged to Fran Escribá for Óscar García to take his place.