Nicholas Rigg is a sports reporter for the Wakefield Express, with a passion for all things La Liga. He is regular writer for ESPN Soccernet, editor of the unofficial Sheffield Wednesday website, Vital Sheffield Wednesday and a regular contributor on Yorkshire Radio.
Millions were wowed by their skills, determination, relentless pressure and high-speed football as Marcelo Bielsa’s men out-played and embarrassed Manchester United over two legs in the Europa League last season.
Madrid are on-course to smash all kinds of league records with two games to go. They’ve already secured the highest number of away wins in a season with 15 and counting, most league goals scored in a season with 115 and counting and levelled the most away league goals scored with 49, another record they should beat with one away game to come at Granada.
Athletic Bilbao and manager Marcelo Bielsa are the flavour of the month. Looking good for a Champions League place in La Liga, in the final of the Copa del Rey and with a 3-2 lead over Manchester United going into the second leg of their last-16 Europa League tie.
Barcelona’s thumping 5-1 victory over Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday night supported many people’s belief that La Liga is fast becoming a two-horse race. Fast becoming, or already is? Probably the latter.