Fans of club competitions are relieved at one of the best news of the year. There won’t be national team break until next March. Moreover, December is the time for sports fans to enjoy themselves. With a cold weather that encourages them to stay at home and, even more so, with all the matches they can watch. Likewise, so many matches is a great new for the followers of ELXIIDEAL, since there will be more continuous editions of ‘LaLiga Overtime‘. A section that will feature several strikers.
LaLiga Overtime – Match Day #14:
Borja Mayoral’s sweet moment:
Getafe are living quietly this season under José Bordalás. The “this is football, dad” has put a smile back on the faces of the Blue and Whites’ fans, who are reliving the successes of the past in his second spell at the helm. After 14 games, Getafe are in eighth place with 19 points. The Madrid side are closer to the European places (five points) than to relegation (11).
A team that has made the Coliseum a bunker. They have played seven games at their home ground and remain unbeaten. They have won 15 points (four wins and three draws) at their stadium, 78.9% of the season’s total points.
An army made up of veteran warriors such as Damián Suárez, Djené, Arambarri or Maksimović, who will always go to war for Bordalás. Apart from these names, soul and spirit of the team, this season, the ‘Bordaleta’ has a cannon called Borja Mayoral, so it was time to highlight him in ‘LaLiga Overtime’.
The striker from Parla presents record numbers in his career. He has eight goals in LaLiga (10 in the whole season) and is the Zarra of the competition, tied with Gerard Moreno. These records surpass any that he has obtained throughout his career in Spain. The only thing he has yet to surpass is the 17 goals he scored in the 2020/2021 season at Roma.
This week he scored another decisive goal. A goal against Almería that confirmed the comeback of Bordalás’ team. A sweet season for the striker that, why not, makes Mayoral dream of the Spanish national team.
Oh, my commander!
A Villarreal adrift, anchored in a dire sporting situation in which the last two coaches (Setién and Pacheta) sunk the yellow submarine. It was in search of a captain who could revive the team’s performance. And he found it in an old acquaintance: Marcelino García Toral.
The Asturian coach is an old hand in the Spanish dugout. Most of his stints in Spain (Zaragoza, Valencia, Athletic Club and Villarreal itself) have ended positively, although usually with internal conflicts between the coach and the board or players. Seven years after leaving the La Cerámica Stadium, Marcelino has returned to restore the ‘groguets’ identity, and in his first game, he has succeeded.
An uncontested 3-1 victory over Osasuna has given the Villarreal fans hope for the future. In addition, Marcelino has revived a player who couldn’t find his place in the squad and who was more out than in.
José Luis Morales has honoured his nickname, the ‘commander’, and has signed one of the performances of the season. A hat-trick, the first in his first division career after playing 292 games, in which he showed that his skills are still intact. A performance worthy of highlighting in this week’s ‘LaLiga Overtime’.
A lethal speed that destroyed the Reds’ defence and gave Marcelino his first win in the competition in this new phase. Morales has regained his smile and Marcelino now has his ‘commander’.
Rodrygo demands the starring role:
Real Madrid are struggling to find the protagonist to spearhead their attack. Jude Bellingham has impressed with his goalscoring ability, but there is a lack of an attacking figure to command Real Madrid. A course full of greys in that position.
Joselu, although he had a good scoring streak, does not fit the profile of a top striker; Brahim Díaz, who missed the Cádiz game due to a virus, doesn’t seem to have Ancelotti’s confidence, and Vinícius is living the curse of the ‘7’.
All these circumstances have left Rodrygo at the forefront of the Merengue attack. The Brazilian started the season well with a goal at San Mamés and an exhibition at Balaídos, but from that point onwards, the performance of the Brazilian declined. The former Santos player went several games without a goal (12), a circumstance that has even cast doubt on his starting place.
But Rodrygo has recovered and has regained his smile. A masterclass in Cádiz with two goals, a first of splendid quality, and another assist made the Carioca the star of Ancelotti’s attack. Two games in which the carioca has scored four goals and provided three assists, and who has the best LaLiga numbers at this stage (five goals and four assists).
After a difficult start, Rodrygo has returned to stellar form and his name will be the star of Real Madrid’s season. As such, he has earned himself a starring role in this week’s ‘LaLiga Overtime’.
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
Main image: Edit Pablo Benítez.