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La Liga 2021-22: 5 things we learned from Matchday 30

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Ace Football presents a detailed view of the fixtures played in the 30th gameweek of the La Liga campaign.

Another matchday of La Liga action ended on Monday as teams locked horns with their opponents during the weekend.

Ten matches took place across Spain, with the league’s table seeing some major changes.

As we prepare for another exciting week of La Liga football, let’s review our main takeaways from Matchday 30.

Barca claim second spot as they continue dream La Liga run

Barcelona defeated Sevilla 1-0 in the most awaited game of the week. The narrow win was enough for the Catalans to claim the second spot on the table, while Sevilla slipped all the way to fourth place.

The Catalans are now 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid. Whether or not they can ignite a late title race largely depends on Real Madrid’s form in the coming weeks. 

However, Xavi’s side still have to worry about their place in the top four. Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are both equal on points with Barca, while fifth-place Betis are only four points away.

The Catalans must beat Levante this weekend to continue their seven-game winning streak in La Liga.

Real Madrid are back in winning ways after Clasico upset

Real Madrid went into the international break on the back of their heavy El Clasico defeat against Barcelona. However, a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo gave them much-needed momentum ahead of their Champions League battle with Chelsea.

The game was extremely controversial, with Karim Benzema converting two penalties and missing another one for the Blancos. However, the league leaders got the job done and maintained the 12-point gap to their closest rivals Barcelona.

On Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will face Getafe, who ended their run of six winless games by beating Mallorca last week.

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Betis make top-four statement by crushing Osasuna

Following an underwhelming draw against Celta Vigo, Real Betis returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Osasuna.

Juanmi scored a brace, while William Carvalho and Alex Moreno also found the back of the net at the Benito Villamarin Stadium. Betis reclaimed their fifth spot on the table, sitting only four points away from second-placed Barcelona.

Maintaining a delicate balance between the defensive and attacking phases of their game, Betis have managed to score just enough to win their most important games in recent weeks. Let’s see if they can do so against Cadiz this weekend.

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Mallorca continue horror run in Getafe defeat

Mallorca suffered their seventh consecutive defeat in La Liga this weekend. A 1-0 loss against Getafe also saw the Pirates fail to score for the third week in a row.

Javier Aguirre’s side slipped to 18th place on the table, moving two points behind Cadiz. Mallorca hope to bounce back from their horrible run of form. However, they must face one of the league’s strongest sides when they lock horns with Atletico Madrid this week. Let’s see if they can surprise Diego Simeone’s side at their home stadium.

Valencia still unbeaten, still struggling to score

Valencia have not been able to go anywhere beyond the ninth place on the table despite their brilliant run in recent weeks. The Bats have been very hard to beat, with their last league defeat dating back to February 20.

However, Jose Bordalas’ side have struggled hard to maintain consistency with their attacking stats lately. Valencia have scored only two goals in their last four games across all competitions, registering a -1 goal difference in the league.

This Monday, the Bats must take on Rayo Vallecano, who have not won a league game since December 18. It will be interesting to see whether Bordalas’ side will go all-in with their attacks against the 13th-placed side.