La Liga Loca The European champions face their city rivals in the Champions League this week but must do it without a clutch of stars, writes Tim Stannard...
Barcelona Barcelona were once again left frustrated by Malaga as the Liga title challengers slumped to a 1-0 home defeat and saw their 11-match winning run come to a halt.
Valencia Valencia climbed to the top of the La Liga table with a 3-0 win over Cordoba on Thursday, while Espanyol claimed their first victory.
Real Madrid Elche could be forgiven for fearing the worst from Tuesday's La Liga trip to the Santiago Bernabeu to take on a rampant Real Madrid side.
Real Madrid Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target as Real Madrid began their La Liga campaign with a 2-0 win over Cordoba on Monday.
Barcelona A 5-0 win at Levante saw Barcelona's perfect start to the season continue, while Villarreal came from two down to beat Rayo Vallecano 4-2.
Real Sociedad La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad host champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday for their first game since Jagoba Arrasate was sacked as coach.
La Liga Loca Tim Stannard's rating and slating includes reigning champs Atletico Madrid and a below-par Barcelona...
La Liga Loca Tim Stannard rounds up the big stories from the seventh round of La Liga action – including a goal you really should see...
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