Thursday, June 1, 2023

Penultimate chapter of LaLiga 2022/23: the fight for Europe and salvation, red hot

While Real Sociedad has virtually closed its presence in the next Champions League although it could still be reached by Villarreal; Osasuna, Athletic, Girona and Sevilla are fighting for seventh place and access to the Conference League, although the Seville team has the bullet in their chamber to finish in the Champions League if they win the final of the League next Wednesday. Europa League against Rome.

Meanwhile, from below, with Elche relegated beforehand, seven teams, Valencia, Celta, Almería, Getafe, Cádiz, Valladolid and Espanyol are still fighting for not being the duo that accompanies the team led by the Argentine Sebastián Beccacece on the way to second place.

In this anguishing fight, three direct duels stand out on this day: Cádiz-Celta, Almería-Valladolid and Valencia-Espanyol.

Espanyol is penultimate with 35 points; Valladolid, Cádiz and Getafe have 38; the Almeria 39; and Celta and Valencia 40. With six in play anything can still happen.

It is also at the same distance Sevillewhich will open the day this Saturday against the real Madrid in the early match for his participation in the Europa League final against Roma, which could give him the seventh crown in this tournament and a pass to the Champions League. Therefore, José Luis Mendilíbar’s team will try to navigate between the interest in the league and that of the match in Budapest against a Real Madrid whose only interest may be to finish second.

Rodrygo celebrates his goal against Rayo. EFE

With the ‘Vinicius’ case flying over the world of Spanish and international football, the Brazilian continues to suffer from a knee problem and will not be at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Carlo Ancelotti has also ‘touched’ Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and Mariano Díaz and an eleven with novelties is presumed, as in the Sevilla side, since the final of the Europa League is joined by the sanctions of its captain Jesús Navas and the Franco-Senegalese Pape Gueye.

If Real Madrid does not win in the Andalusian capital, the Atletico Madrid could regain second place. The team led by Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone will receive at the Cívitas Metropolitano the Real societywhich intends to definitively fasten its place in the Champions League.

He villarrealfive points behind Imanol Alguacil, awaits a defeat for the San Sebastian team because with a win in Vallecas against Raywhere they won last year by 1-5, would maintain options to access the highest continental competition.

Lewandowski. Jordi Cotrina

He Barcelonawho has lost his two games since he was proclaimed champion, will close the course at the Camp Nou, which will fire banners like Sergio Busquets and Jordi Albawith the Majorca Mexican Javier Aguirre as a witness. Mathematically, the Balearic team, once salvation is consummated, has European options.

In the Nuevo Mirandilla, the Cadista team will receive the Celtic from the Portuguese Carlos Carvalhal, the worst team in the last five rounds, in which they have only added one point and have lost the opportunity to have a quiet end to the season. Sergio González, coach of the Andalusian block, is confident that the field factor will be decisive.

He Almeriawho has won the last two games at home, hopes to get a victory that can be definitive against him Valladolidagainst the men of Uruguayan Paulo Pezzolano, strengthened their chances of salvation with the victory against Barcelona, ​​which allows them to breathe and see themselves with options.

He Valencia He lost in Mallorca the option of leaving his stay in the elite on track. Rubén Baraja’s team will receive the Spanishin which his reaction against Atlético de Madrid still resonates, which he equalized 0-3 to save a point with a 3-3 draw, a match that, however, he has contested because he understands that the goal should not have been conceded. Frenchman Antoine Griezmann considering that the VAR images do not reliably show that the ball had entered before the goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco cleared it.

An image of Osasuna – Athletic Bilbao. EFE

Meanwhile, the Getafewho also took a significant dose of oxygen with his victory against Betis, will receive Osasuna at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, a clash in which the Navarrese also risk their European options. José Bordalás, azulón coach, will not be able to count on his great scorer, the Turkish Enes Unalinjured at Benito Villamarín, a more than important loss.

Jagoba Arrasate’s men appear in Getafe after taking seventh place tied with the team they beat this Thursday, the Athleticwho will receive the bottom team Elche. Despite his relegation status, he is closing the campaign with good performance and results.

He Girona is to a point The Catalan group will receive the Betis of the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, already ‘condemned’ to finish sixth after fighting for a good part of the campaign to enter the Champions League, and who will not be able to count on the Argentine world champion Germán Pezzela, expelled against Getafe.


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