La Liga wrap: Atletico Madrid stutter as Sevilla go joint top

Tom Wellman looks at the rest of the action from La Liga this weekend

By Tom Wellman

Sevilla go joint top with late comeback win

A few years ago, La Liga was criticised for being heavily dominated by just two teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, after Atletico Madrid broke the duopoly, Sevilla are looking to further break up the hierarchy. Unai Emery’s side sit joint top with Barcelona after nine La Liga games, having won seven of their last eight games. The win over Villarreal on Sunday had been in doubt for a long time as the Yellow Submarines led with minutes remaining, before a rapid turnaround saw Sevilla take all three points. Luciano Vietto put Villarreal ahead on 79 minutes but Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez equalised in the 88th minute. Colombian Carlos Bacca then scored for the third game running, slotting home a stoppage time penalty conceded by Giovani dos Santos, as Sevilla made up ground on Barcelona following their defeat in the Clasico.

Clean sheets just the job for wasteful Atletico

Despite losing Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis, Atletico have maintained their resolute defensive record by keeping their fourth clean sheet in five games against Getafe. The champions were easy winners, but could only score the one goal against a side reduced to 10 men for much of the game. Mario Mandzukic was the sole scorer, but could not add to Atleti’s lead as he and the rest of the squad squandered chances. Although Madrid scored five against Malmo in midweek, Mandzukic’s goal was just the fifth Atletico have scored away from home in La Liga this season. The goals have yet to flow for Madrid despite bringing in Mandzukic, Antoine Griezmann and Alessio Cerci this summer, but could start next weekend with winless Cordoba visiting the Vicente Calderon.

Out of form Sociedad set to dispense with boss Arrasate

Real Sociedad manager Jagoba Arrasate will be sacked in the near future according to reports on Monday morning. Spanish media say that Arrasate was informed of his departure following the weekend draw with Cordoba, and that former Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel is the board’s preferred replacement. Arrasate took on the head coach’s position last season, but has been unable to resurrect the job done by Philippe Montainer when the club qualified for the Champions League. Now in 17th place following seven games without a win, the draw with newly promoted Cordoba was the final straw, and a new manager will surely be announced soon. If Tuchel does not agree to the terms Sociedad are offering, then former West Brom and Real Betis manager Pepe Mel could become a leading candidate for the job.

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