The young star Ilaix Moriba already knows how to score against Real Madrid. He scored an absolute beauty of a goal when he was just 15 years old. As the second half was starting, Moriba shot as soon as he kicked off the half, scoring a rocket from the middle of the field.
This unbelievable goal was scored in a Clásico between the U19B teams of both clubs. Both teams were playing a preseason tournament back in August 2018, called The Cup. The game was played in the beautiful Catalan coast town of Sant Pol de Mar.
Not only was this game crucial because of being a Clásico but also because it decided which team went through the qualifiers and would play the final.
The Blaugranas ended up demolishing Los Blancos’ youngsters, as the game finished with a 5-0 on the scoreboard and qualified for the tournament final, which they ended up losing to city rivals Espanyol (0-1).
As expected, Ilaix played a magnificent game, in which he scored a hat-trick and showed off, proving to be one of La Masia’s prospects with a brighter future. The rocket from La Masia’s prospect was the fifth and last goal of that afternoon for the Culers.
It is yet to be determined if Ilaix Moriba, who has received multiple opportunities to play with the first team this season, gets the chance to debut in an El Clásico this next Saturday.
Barcelona will be traveling to Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium to keep their La Liga hopes alive. Let the battle begin, El Clásico will always be more than welcome.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.