10 THINGS WE LEARNED from LaLiga: Bellingham charms, Barcelona starlet

Jude Bellingham charm offensive, Barcelona wonderkid should be fast-tracked and Man City chief keeps an eye on Girona… 10 THINGS WE LEARNED from LaLiga

  • Real Madrid summer signing Jude Bellingham continued his fine start in Spain
  • While teenage Barcelona star Lamine Yamal is worthy of more first-team action
  • Below is Mail Sport‘s 10 things we learned from the latest round of LaLiga action

The second round of matches in LaLiga had plenty of thrills and spills once again.

They confirmed Real Madrid as the early pace-setters, suggested Barcelona have a bumpy ride ahead at home this season and indicated Girona will be an exciting watch. 

Star midfielder Jude Bellingham was again the star as the leaders won. 

While at Barcelona’s temporary home, there were empty seats and a long wait for the first goal.

Here’s Mail Sport‘s 10 things we learned from the latest round of LaLiga action. 

Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham’s brilliant start in the Spanish capital has continued

Mail Sport‘s Pete Jenson round up 10 things we learned from the latest round of LaLiga action

Barcelona fans not enamoured with their new home

There were only 39,000 to see Barcelona’s first home game of the season – that’s 10,000 short of capacity at their temporary Olympic Lluis Companys Stadium. 

Even more shockingly the club have sold just under 20,000 season tickets – that’s less than at least three clubs in division two, including neighbours Espanyol. It’s a steep climb to the stadium on the city’s Montjuic hill and there is no parking. 

There are shuttles buses and escalators but it seems many fans are unprepared for the expensive inconvenience of not being at the Camp Nou.

Barca fans are not overly enamoured with their new temporary home away from the Nou Camp

Xavi’s team have a problem in attack – and it might take a defender to solve it

They failed to score in their first game against Getafe – who then conceded three in their second match. And it took them 82 minutes to break down Cadiz on Sunday. The attacking spark is not there right now. 

Is it because there is a reluctance to use Ansu Fati because they want to sell him? Maybe. But it could also be because there is no attacking right-back to surprise stubborn opposing defences. 

Xavi is desperate for the club to sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City and the club are hopeful a loan with an obligatory purchase can be done this week.

Xavi’s side look a little predictable in attack, which is why he wants Man City’s Joao Cancelo

Ferran wants more but Lewandowski remains undroppable

Torres stepped off the bench and scored. He was Barça top scorer on this season’s pres-eason tour and feels he deserves more minutes. 

The problem for Torres is that, as was the case last season, Xavi will not consider not having Robert Lewandowski on the pitch. It’s one place fewer in the team to try to make his own.

Yamal worthy of being fast-tracked

At 16 years and just 38 days old Lamine Yamal became the youngest player to start in LaLiga. 

He justified his team selection by being Barcelona’s best player until taken off to an ovation from home supporters.

Teenage Barcelona winger Lamine Yamal, 16, is worthy of being fast-tracked into the first team

Bellingham charm offensive continues

‘I don’t think he knows who I am to be honest but he’s a polite guy’, said former Real Madrid midfielder Guti who was working for television pitchside as Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat Almeria on Saturday. 

Jude Bellingham had come across to shake Guti’s hand and the hand of his co-presenter at the end of the game. 

Several Real Madrid players had gone to acknowledge away supporters after the win and then greeted the one-time Spain and Madrid playmaker. Bellingham probably does know who Guti is. Guti is definitely aware of who Jude is.

But Bellingham is not the only sensational debutant

It’s been lost a little bit in the incredible start Bellingham has made to life at Madrid but the left-back the club bought in the summer from Rayo Vallecano, Fran Garcia, has also began his Madrid senior career as if he’s been there for seasons. 

The former Madrid youth team player gets forward to provide the width just as effectively as he did at Rayo but is also showing great speed of recovery.

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano (above) watched on as sister side Girona beat Getafe 3-0

Vini slowly rising to the challenge

The new system means Vinicius can’t hug the left touchline anymore. He has to play more centrally in a front two with compatriot Rodrygo. 

He hasn’t looked completely comfortable in the first two games but his exquisite goal against Almeria from Bellingham’s assist will help him to make the transition.

Lunin proves his point before stepping into Kepa’s shadow

They were not the most testing games but Ukrainian keeper Andriy Lunin was excellent against Almeria at the week, and against Athletic Bilbao the week previous. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga will make his debut on Friday away at Celta Vigo but Lunin heads back to the reserves knowing he will only have increased interest in being taken as someone’s first choice keeper.

City chief Soriano on hand to see how Girona thrive

Ferran Soriano, the Manchester City chief executive, was at Girona’s first home game of the season on Saturday to witness first hand how well the City Group’s Spanish side are playing. 

They came up against Getafe who had frustrated Barcelona a week before and put three past them in a convincing win. They missed out on getting into Europe last season but just one place. 

They might take that extra step this season with the impressive Michel getting the best out of a talented squad.

While former Middlesbrough striker Kike Garcia (pictured) is someone you want in your corner

Former Boro man Kike Garcia still someone you want in your corner

He’s never been prolific, not in his two seasons at Middlesbrough, nor at the clubs he has been at since returning to LaLiga but there is something about heavyweight 33-year-old heavyweight striker Kike Garcia that makes him invaluable at relegation-threatened clubs. 

Alaves will have it tough staying up this season but with Kike they have a chance. He scored two last night to give them a home win against Sevilla.

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