FT 2019 Preview: Competition heating up in the Spanish La Liga?

Wakaso Mubarak of Deportivo Alaves (R) being followed by Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on October 6, 2018 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.  (Oct. 5, 2018 - Source: Getty Images Europe)

Wakaso Mubarak of Deportivo Alaves (R) being followed by Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on October 6, 2018 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

(Oct. 5, 2018 - Source: Getty Images Europe)

It’s no secret that for quite some time, the Spanish top flight league, the La Liga has been labelled uncompetitive and predicable by many as a result of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s unmatched dominance, almost taking turns to win the title. All this has since changed since Diego Simeone began a revolution at Atletico Madrid even winning the crown in 2013/14 season.

This particular campaign promises to oversee yet another title race whose winner will not be easily determined by either picking Barcelona or Real Madrid. After 17 matches played, only five points separate the first three teams, the least among Europe’s top leagues such as the English Premier league, Bundesliga and Italian Serie A. Real Madrid are fourth, seven points off leaders Barcelona. Atletico Madrid and Sevilla occupy second and third place, very much in what appears to be a fiery and scintillating title race. Deportivo Alaves are strikingly lurking in fifth place, two points off Real Madrid and knocking on the champions league places. As you might have guessed, there are of course exciting Africans very much playing crucial-roles in the teams participating in this race, just like anywhere else.

One such player is Wague. At 19 years of age, Senegal’s Moussa Wague became the youngest ever African scorer in the history of the world cup back in June 2018. He then secured a summer move to Barcelona and is set to make his first team appearance in January 2019 as the league leaders aim to solve their defensive problems. Atletico Madrid are very much content with the services of Thomas Partey who continues to be a reliable option in the middle of the park, as are Alaves who have two Ghanaians in their ranks. The 25-year-old Mubarak Wakaso and 24-year-old Patrick Twumasi.

This may just be the most exciting title race in all of Europe this year.

This particular campaign promises to oversee yet another title race whose winner will not be easily determined by either picking Barcelona or Real Madrid. After 17 matches played, only five points separate the first three teams, the least among Europe’s top leagues such as the English Premier league, Bundesliga and Italian Serie A.
— Dennis Takaendesa, FirstTouch Africa