🇪🇸 LaLiga lowdown: Real Madrid and Barcelona handed first defeats

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Phil Costa

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Well, who saw that coming? Real Madrid and Barcelona both earned their first defeats of the season, adding some early intrigue to LaLiga.

Starting in Madrid, they took on newly promoted Cádiz who despite their decent start to 2020/21, were never expected to beat the champions.

But they did and thoroughly deserved their win. The Yellow Submarines understandably surrendered possession but were defensively superb and tore Madrid apart on the break.

Los Blancos looked lethargic and were far too open in midfield, which is strange considering they have excelled there – did they miss the energy of Federico Valverde?

Either way, having just two shots on target against Cádiz isn’t good enough and Zinedine Zidane was under no illusions during his post-match press conference, calling out their “unacceptable start”.

It’s still early and every team is dropping points. But performances have to start picking up because the numbers always catch up with you.

And we’re back to Barcelona. One week they’re high under Koeman, the next they’re sinking low. This defeat to Getafe wasn’t a good look.

More sterile possession, lacking incision, Antoine Griezmann still looks an awkward fit and this side and shock – Lionel Messi can’t do everything.

Their fierce rivals mustered two shots on target against Cádiz, but Barça worked the goalkeeper just once throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Both sides have much to improve ahead of next weekend’s Clásico showdown.

And elsewhere ….

Atlético Madrid returned to winning ways after beating Celta Vigo at Balaídos, with Luis Suárez and Yannick Carrasco scoring the goals.

One cause for concern was another injury to Diego Costa – who was withdrawn early – but hopefully João Félix can step up under Simeone.

Real Sociedad also continued their impressive run after beating Real Betis 3-0, as Villarreal scored late to edge Valencia 2-1 at Mestalla.

Athletic were good value for their 2-0 win against Levante, while Granada stunned Andalusían rivals Sevilla to win a thrilling derby 1-0.

😱  Goal of the Weekend

This effort from Adnan Januzaj (starting at 1:10) was a beauty.

Driving through midfield, he played a smart one-two with Alexander Isak and fired a cracking finish into the corner.

🏆 Player of the Weekend

Heading back to Valencia where he spent ten successful years, Dani Parejo rose to the occasion with a top performance.

The 31-year-old was metronomic in midfield, competed physically and ended up scoring a late winner.

Job done.