La Liga wrap: Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti continues to outdo Chelsea boss
Real Madrid continue their charge at the top thanks to a 2-1 win against Malaga
Real break club record with 16th consecutive win
If winning La Decima last season wasn’t enough, Carlo Ancelotti has outdone Jose Mourinho again by breaking his record of successive wins. The 2-1 victory over Malaga extended the sequence past Mourinho’s 15 from 2011 as the current table toppers look unstoppable. Real were left to sweat slightly late on as Malaga’s Roque Santa Cruz struck back after Isco had been dismissed, but earlier goals from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema gave them the win. Cristiano Ronaldo was unusually not on the scoresheet, but did have a hand in providing for both of the goals, strengthening his claims to be awarded the Ballon d’Or for the second season running. Even more good news for Madrid is that youngster Jese will return for the cup tie in midweek, almost like a new signing for the club.
Messi struck by bottle in Valencia victory
Sergio Busquets’ late goal should have been the main talking point from Barcelona’s win in Valencia, but Lionel Messi again took the headlines after being in the subsequent celebrations. A bottle appeared to have been thrown from the crowd, hitting Messi on the head, but the striker walked away without serious injury thankfully. This followed a game in which Barcelona failed to take full control of. Luis Enrique began with a front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, but complimented by a defensive midfield duo of Javier Mascherano and Busquets, which resulted in a game of few clear chances. It was left to Busquets, without a goal in 14 months, to fire in a Neymar rebound, which keeps Barca within two points of the runaway leaders Real Madrid.
Violent clashes mar Atletico’s win over Deportivo
A supporter sadly died before Atletico’s match with Deportivo La Coruna as rival supporters caused severe violence. The fan was pulled from the river near the stadium, and later died in hospital. Twenty people were taken into custody on a sad day for Spanish football, overshadowing Atletico’s 2-0 win over the relegation plagued side. Saul Niguez and Arda Turan were the scorers, but it matters little in contrast to the behaviour of fans outside the ground. Both clubs condemned the actions of some supporters following the game as the two managers spoke of their disgust at the trouble caused.
Moyes wants more despite Vela hat-trick
David Moyes’ home debut at Sociedad could hardly have gone better as ex-Arsenal striker Carlos Vela scored a treble to give him his first win. Vela scored his first after just three minutes against strugglers Elche with a neat header before driving in either side of half-time. The game finished in a comfortable 3-0 win for Sociedad, but Moyes said afterwards that he wants more from his new side. He wants the team to play attractive stuff to bring the supporters back, as the Friday night game was played in front of just 17,000 people. Moyes also lamented the amount of errors Sociedad committed, as he looks to appease the rugged Basques with a newer, stricter attitude.