The league competition continues with the thirteenth round of LaLiga. A matchday that further confirms that Girona don’t want to wake up from their fairy tale, while Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Barça are the shadow of the revelation team of the year. In this new instalment of LaLiga Overtime, I’ll be talking about two electric players, Vinícius and Nico Williams, and a historic player in our competition, Ivan Rakitić.
LaLiga Overtime – Match Day #13:
Vinícius ‘joga muito’:
Vinícius Jr. is one of those footballers who leaves no one indifferent. His attitude, at times reproachable, and the racist attacks he receives, which should disappear from our society, make us forget at times what a great player he is. A world top player who, when he wants to play, delights all madridistas and football lovers.
This weekend, Valencia came to the Santiago Bernabéu. All the fans had their minds set on the last match that pitted the two teams against each other. A lack of control that ended with Vinícius sent off, crying and an entire stand closed down. Only for that match, the figure of the Brazilian will be linked to the ‘che‘ team, and the match had a great expectation.
Real Madrid’s ‘7‘ responded as he does best: by playing football. In an atypical season, in which Vini is more in the headlines for non-football matters, against Valencia he uncovered the pot of essences.
An exhibition of the international with the ‘verdeamarela‘ that silenced all his critics. Two goals and a host of dribbling resources to sign his best game of the year and the best of Carlo Ancelotti’s team and, what’s more, without Bellingham. A Real Madrid-Valencia that reminds us that Vinícius ‘joga muito‘, so it was necessary to highlight him in this week’s LaLiga Overtime.
A lion that is a thunder:
Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Club have hit the ground running this season. After 13 games, the lions are in fifth position in the table above their main rivals, Real Sociedad. Among the outstanding players in ‘Txingurri’s’ squad, there is one player who shines above the rest: Nico Williams.
The younger brother of the Williams family is a different type of winger to the one that reigns in Spanish football. His imbalance, cheekiness and electricity on the wing are a source of oxygen for the Basques. Nico is Athletic Club’s main man on the left wing. A dagger that unlocks all the team’s games.
This past week, in a crazy match against Celta, Nico once again showed his ability. He was the best player for the home side and he left Kevin Vázquez completely mad. Besides, Nico is a man of decisive moments.
With 1-2 in favour of Celta, the youngest of the Williams dressed as a hero. A trademark action: a lethal run and an assist to Guruzeta. The fifth assist of the season from the best assistant of the competition along with Diego Rico. Nico has long since ceased to be a puppy to become the king of the pack, a lightning bolt that electrifies the whole of San Mamés. So it was time to talk about him in LaLiga Overtime.
Ivan ‘el quillo’ Rakitić:
We all have our birthplace, the place in the world where we grew up and where we feel at home. But often we acquire a special relationship with another town, city or country. It is strange, but a person born in Rheinfelden (Switzerland) and raised by a Croatian family has found his place in the world in Seville. Yes, that is the story of Ivan Rakitić, another of our protagonists in this new instalment of LaLiga Overtime.
A Croatian with an Andalusian accent and joy who became an idol at the Sánchez-Pizjuán in his first season. An adopted Sevillian who, in his second spell at the Nervión side, will become a club legend. And all the more so after the last ‘Big Derbi‘ between Sevilla and Betis in Seville’s temple. With the Green and Whites ahead on the scoreboard, the Croatian ‘quillo’ provoked collective delirium. A shot that allowed Sevilla to tie the game and make Ivan’s legend bigger.
After the match, as well as showing what a great footballer he is, another of his facets was revealed: the great person that the Sevillista ‘10‘ is. In a friendly conversation with Isco, the playmaker, who had a difficult time at Sevilla, thanked Rakitić for his work as Sevilla captain. “We have been more rivals than teammates. I admire Ivan, for his career, for his trajectory, in my short spell at Sevilla he welcomed me well, he’s a good captain, a good teammate,” said the Betis player.
Finally, questioned about the action of the goal, Isco couldn’t contain his ‘rage’, in a joking tone, with the Croatian. “He’s scored a good goal” said the Arroyo de la Miel player, laughing. Another demonstration that Ivan Rakitić is a legend of Sevilla and Spanish football. A Swiss-born Croatian who is just another ‘quillo‘.
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
Main image: Edit Pablo Benítez.