The race to the La Liga championship this season is over, when Barca was crowned 4 rounds early. However, at the opposite end of the rankings, the relegation battle is taking place extremely fiercely. With the exception of Elche, the ticket to return to Segunda has been determined, the remaining 2 relegation places are the competition of 7 teams.
Espanyol is ranked 19th from the bottom with 35 points. However, they are only 5 points behind the 13th ranked team Valencia, while the tournament has 2 rounds left. That means coach Luis Garcia’s team still has hope of relegation, if it wins in the remaining 2 matches.
Worth mentioning, both teams that Espanyol will face in the near future are also struggling for relegation. That’s Valencia ranked 13th and Almeria currently ranked 15th. Surely these matches will be very fierce and dramatic.
That is why in the match in the 36th round, Espanyol struggled wildly against the away team Atletico. A spectacular comeback was made by Mr. Garcia’s students. Although the team from Madrid led 3 goals, but the Catalan team still played resilient and 3 times tore the net of goalkeeper Ivo Grbic.
Before that, in an effort to struggle for relegation, Valladolid also did a shocking thing. At home, they defeated the team that just won La Liga, Barca with an unbelievable score of 3-1, on the day that defender Andreas Christensen of the Camp Nou team had a situation of “burning the net”. Thus, since the coronation, Barca has experienced 2 consecutive defeats.
Despite winning Barca, but Valladolid is still very dangerous. They lead the group of 3 teams “holding the red light” with 38 points, which means equal to Cadiz and Getafe, but inferior to the sub-index. Like Espanyol, Valladolid’s opponents in the remaining 2 rounds are those who are struggling for relegation including Almeria and Getafe.
In previous seasons, most of the relegation battles did not attract much attention. However, the situation this season is completely different. Football lovers in Gaur are watching the battles at the bottom of the La Liga rankings every day. It will not be surprising if in the remaining 2 rounds, La Liga will continue to have interesting surprises.