La Liga talking points: Valverde on fire, Gavi injured before World Cup

Clubs in Spain’s first and second divisions are considering going on strike to protest changes made by the Spanish government to a new sports bill.

Elite Spanish football’s governing body, La Liga, is furious over the withdrawal of an amendment aimed at preventing Spanish clubs from participating in a breakaway Superliga, citing pressure from Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the masterminds behind the new competition. .

The changes would mean that La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) would not be able to refuse a license to clubs that play in competitions that are not recognized by football’s governing bodies.

LaLiga has convened an executive committee meeting on Wednesday and a general meeting on Thursday, when it may announce radical measures.

“We’re lobbying and campaigning for the draft to be changed, obviously, and stopping the competition would be a last resort in that effort,” a LaLiga source told Reuters.

Last week, after Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona 3-1, Toni Kroos made a point of saluting teammate Federico Valverde on Twitter saying: “Fede Valverde, the top three in the world right now.”

Since scoring Real’s second goal against Barça, the Uruguayan midfielder has scored again in his team’s 3-0 win over Elche on Wednesday and in a 3-1 home win against Sevilla on Saturday. .

All three goals were surprisingly similar, strong shots from outside the box.

Valverde now has seven goals in 16 games in all competitions for Real this season, as many as in his first 148 appearances for the club.

His goal on Saturday was his fourth goal by distance this campaign and no player has scored more goals from outside the box than the Uruguayan in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 on Sunday, but the biggest news of the match was a worrying injury to young Spanish midfielder Gavi.

The 2022 Kopa Trophy and Bolden Boy winner was replaced in tears after a hit to the groin in a duel with Athletic’s Dani Garcia midway through the first half.

After receiving medical treatment and trying to continue, Gavi fell to the ground a few minutes later, crying and clutching the inside of his right leg.

While the extent of his injury has yet to be determined, manager Xavi Hernandez has dismissed any fears he could miss the World Cup in Qatar, which starts next month.

“It looks like it’s not serious, it was a big blow to the muscle, but we have to wait until tomorrow for the medical exam,” Xavi told Movistar Plus.

The 18-year-old was an important part of Xavi’s team and is also a key part of Luis Enrique’s Spain squad, which will open its World Cup campaign in a month’s time against Costa Rica.


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