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La Liga Live: La Liga resumes after Spain’s midweek European debacle

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La Liga Live: La Liga Strike- Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be back on the field for their LaLiga matches…

La Liga Live: La Liga Strike- Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be back on the pitch for their LaLiga games this weekend, licking their wounds after disastrous midweek performances in the Champions League. Follow the latest football updates with InsideSport.IN

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La Liga Live: La Liga resumes after Spain’s midweek European debacle

For the first time in history, Spain had three teams knocked out of Europe’s top tournament in the group stages, as Barcelona, ​​Atletico and Sevilla failed miserably to progress past their groups to the round of 16.

Even champions Real Madrid, already through and playing to finish top, lost 3-1 at Leipzig on Tuesday, their first defeat in all competitions this season. Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who will host lowly Girona on Sunday, sit top of the LaLiga standings with 31 points, three ahead of Barcelona, ​​who lost the lead thanks to a 3-1 defeat to their bitter rivals at Santiago Bernabeu in ‘El Clasico’ two weeks ago.

The Italian manager is expected to bring back into action against Girona several regular starters such as Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde, who did not feature against Leipzig as Real looked stale against a young and energetic German side fighting for a top-two finish -space.

“More is learned from one defeat than from 10 consecutive victories,” Ancelotti told this at a press conference on Tuesday. “It’s a defeat that hurts, but not too much because we still have another opportunity in the last game to finish top of our group.”

That luxury will be denied to Barcelona, ​​Atletico and Sevilla, who have already been eliminated from the Champions League. At least Sevilla managed to win their first match of the tournament 3-0 against Copenhagen on Tuesday and continue in the second-tier Europa League after finishing third in the group.

La Liga Live: La Liga resumes after Spain’s midweek European debacle

Sevilla, enjoying the new manager bounce since Jorge Sampaoli arrived for his second stint with the club three weeks ago, will host Rayo Vallecano as they attempt to claim just their third win in LaLiga this season. However, Barca and Atletico have no silver linings to look for.

The Catalan giants were knocked out in the Champions League group stage for the second consecutive season, losing 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich in a game where they failed to have a single shot on target.

This season, however, a better result was expected after the big money signings of Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Konde. They will play at Genaro Gattuso’s Valencia on Saturday with their morale on the ground, although they are coming off two dominant wins against solid sides in LaLiga: a 3-0 against Villarreal and 4-0 over Athletic Bilbao.

“This is our reality and we have to face it. Maybe that was what we needed, to be beaten to grow,” Xavi Hernandez told a press conference at Camp Nou on Wednesday. “It’s a really bad feeling, but we have to reset and reconnect to fight for LaLiga and the Europa League.”

The situation is the same with Atletico Madrid, who are still in danger of finishing dead last in Champions League Group B and being knocked out of European football altogether this season.

They will play penultimate Cadiz on Saturday after their disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Bayern Leverkusen, where they missed a penalty that could have kept them in the game.

“It is a difficult, hard and unexpected moment. It is only the second time in 10 years that we are out of the group stage,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

“It was not planned, but it is the reality. There are two places to put yourself, in victimhood or in continuing to work, I choose to continue to work.”

La Liga Live: La Liga resumes after Spain’s midweek European debacle

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