Soccer-LaLiga talking points

Talking points from the weekend in LaLiga. LEWANDOWSKI GOALS BOOST BARCA MORALE New signing Robert Lewandowski delighted Barcelona fans with his second consecutive brace to help them easily beat Real Valladolid 4-0 on Sunday. The arrival of the twice FIFA Best Player of the Year has upped the expectation levels at the Camp Nou after Barca endured a frustrating 2021-22 season following the departure of club great Lionel Messi to Paris St Germain.


Reuters | Updated: 29-08-2022 04:49 IST | Created: 29-08-2022 04:49 IST
Soccer-LaLiga talking points

Talking points from the weekend in LaLiga.

LEWANDOWSKI GOALS BOOST BARCA MORALE New signing Robert Lewandowski delighted Barcelona fans with his second consecutive brace to help them easily beat Real Valladolid 4-0 on Sunday.

The arrival of the twice FIFA Best Player of the Year has upped the expectation levels at the Camp Nou after Barca endured a frustrating 2021-22 season following the departure of club great Lionel Messi to Paris St Germain. After a disappointing opening game of the new LaLiga season, a frustrating goalless draw at home against lowly Rayo Vallecano, Barca bounced back with a confidence-boosting 4-1 win over Real Sociedad last week, in which Lewandowski got off the mark for the campaign with two goals.

With new signing Raphinha playing well on the right wing, a renewed Ousmane Dembele finally showing his potential and Ansu Fati getting back to form, the morale at the Camp Nou couldn't be higher. BETIS ARE ON A ROLL

Real Betis handed Osasuna their first defeat of the season and maintained their own perfect start to sit top of the standings with nine points, level with Real Madrid. Led by former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Copa del Rey champions won 1-0 despite playing part of the second half with 10 men after German Pezzella was sent off.

Borja Iglesias scored the winner, having netted in every Betis game this season, and he is LaLiga's top-scorer alongside Lewandowski, both with four goals. After finishing fifth last season and fighting until the end for a Champions League spot, Betis will hope to battle for a top-four finish once again.

PRESSURE MOUNTS AS SEVILLA STILL WINLESS Betis's bitter rivals Sevilla have struggled in the new season.

Lowly Almeria handed Julen Lopetegui's team a second defeat of campaign on Saturday, leaving them with only one point from three games, their worst start to a season in 41 years. The record six-time Europa League winners finished last season in fourth place after competing with Real Madrid for the title for most of the campaign.

But after falling off a cliff in the final quarter of the season, they had further bad news in the summer as they lost their two star defenders, Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde, to Aston Villa and Barcelona. If that was not enough, they were also handed a tough Champions League draw alongside Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in Group G.

Fans protested against Lopetegui and the board after the Almeria defeat, as the pressure mounts.

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