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Sevilla sit top, River Plate wait


After 13 matches, Sevilla sit top of LaLiga. Thirteen games make up a third of the season, so we would tend to say that's enough time for teams to have shown each other their hands. I was at the beautiful tribute to Pablo Blanco just four days ago, and in various groups the potential of this happening was put forward: "If Barça don't win and we do..." they pondered. And there were even those who dared to dream of the title: "Didn't Atlético win it recently?" they asked. Indeed, we are not in a time of an untouchable Madrid side, which is without Cristiano, and likewise with Barca, who still have Messi but have lost that excellence that paralysed their opponents.

Sevillian dreams

Sevilla were transformed after their Centenario. I have not seen this proving so inspiring to any another club. It was noted in their anthem, and then immediately in everything that followed. They hadn't won a title for 32 years, but then came to own the Europa League and have asserted themselves in the top tier of European football. They have not won LaLiga since 1946 (their only one), but it is a club that has been doing things well for years, being successful with the goalkeeper and a goalscorer. If they can sit in front of the others after this number of games, they have every right to dream. Tebas will be happy: he was looking for this, a championship in which the 'big two' don't always walk to the title. He now has it.

Security forces stand guard as River Plate's supporters leave the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.
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Security forces stand guard as River Plate's supporters leave the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.JUAN MABROMATAAFP

Shame in Buenos Aires

Aside from this, I am not forgetting the unpleasantness that we saw in Buenos Aires. As sad as the first leg at La Bombonera made us happy! That initial game reminded me of the prestige of the beloved, old Argentine football and the Copa Libertadores. Maybe we can get carried away by romanticism, when we confuse our desires for the realities. Argenine football gave us Di Stéfano, Maradona and Messi, as well as a unique way writing about it, of talking about it. But those lowlifes ambushing the Boca bus dashed our illusion. CONMEBOL has also not been up to the task. Such an act is only worthy of drastic sanctions, which they did not dare impose.