Five talking points from La Liga and Bundesliga

Barcelona and Bayern Munich went to the top of the table in their respective leagues, while Real Madrid looks confident under Julen Lopetgui.

Barcelona romped to a 8-2 victory against newly-promoted side Huesca at Camp Nou.   -  Getty Images

Goretzka’s dream start for Bayern

New boy Leon Goretzka scored and created one as Bayern Munich extended its record for Bundesliga away wins with a 3-0 victory at Stuttgart. Die Roten were assured in possession and attack while Stuttgart looked short of answers in every situation in a one-sided match.

With Dortmund still finding its way after a 0-0 draw against Hannover, is there any team left to challenge Bayern?

Schalke walking the tight rope

After finishing second last season and showing promise at the toe end, Schalke is already languishing at the bottom of the table after losing two of its opening matches to Wolfsburg and then 2-0 to Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Ondrej Duda scored on either side of half-time as a clueless Daniel Caligiuri wasted the easiest of opportunities from the penalty spot.

New signing Sebastian Rudy disappointed and was taken off in the 51st minute by coach Dominic Tedesco while Baba Rahaman’s performance in defence could result in the Ghanaian being dropped from the starting line-up for the upcoming trip to Borussia Mochengladbach.

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Messi, Suarez make amends against minnows Huesca

Newly-promoted side Huesca, which was founded by a group of Barcelona supporters, looked on course for a huge upset when it opened the lead through Juan Camilo Hernandez. But Barcelona quickly showed the visitor its place when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez put two in the net. Jorge Pulido’s own goal solidified Barca’s delayed dominance in the first half.

The La Liga champion further punished Huesca in the second half, scoring five goals and took the top place in the table with an 8-2 victory.

Benzema coming out of the shadows

Karim Benzema is clearly enjoying the post-Ronaldo era at Real Madrid as the Frenchman scored his second brace of the season in a 4-1 rout of Leganes. Julen Lopetgui’s time at Madrid started on a sour note with the defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, but he will be extremely satisfied with growing influence of the Bale-Benzema partnership.

Karim Benzema seems to be enjoying the post-Ronaldo era at Real Madrid as the Frenchman scored his second brace of the season in a 4-1 rout of Leganes.   -  AFP

 

Benzema opened the scoring with a brilliant volley and stretched his scoring run to seven games. With Atleti faltering on the weekend, Los Blancos look to challenge for their third title of the decade.

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Atleti’s defence in tatters against Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo’s victory at the Abanca-Balaidos never looked in question when Maxi Gomez put the ball behind Jan Oblak shortly after the half time. Iago Aspas doubled the lead few minutes later to condemn Diego Simeone to a 2-0 defeat. Diego Godin, who has been the central figure in Atleti’s defence, was the culprit for Gomez’s goal. Stefan Savic’s sending off will give Simeone a lot to ponder over his fabled defensive tactics.

World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann was equally underwhelming at the other end, dragging a shot wide in the opening 20 minutes, while striker Diego Costa has gone without scoring for 12 La Liga games in a row.