Five thoughts from another extra dramatic weekend in La Liga as Real Madrid remain top despite a scare, but with Barcelona and Sevilla hot on their heels.
1. Madrid's attacking power cracks it
With Real Madrid 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday evening, and set to lose top spot in the table with a second away defeat in four days, Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane withdrew holding midfielder Casemiro to send on playmaker Isco.
This did not seem like a good call at the time, especially as Villarreal were...
Sevilla moved above Barcelona into second place in La Liga and level on points with Real Madrid at the top, following a 2-1 win against Real Betis.
With his side trailing at half-time coach Jorge Sampaoli further enhanced his reputation by making the changes which sealed victory for his side in the derby game.
Betis dominated the first half and took the lead from a free kick by Riza Durmisi in the 36th minute.
But Sampaoli's decisions during the break to replace Franco Vazquez with Iborra and an...
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli says his club have "the chance to realise our dream" of topping La Liga with a win on Saturday.
Should Sevilla earn three points from the derby at Real Betis, they will move top of the Spanish league for the first time this season, ahead of Real Madrid on the head-to-head tiebreaker after the current leaders suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Valencia on Wednesday.
And though Madrid would still have two games in hand, Sampaoli urged his side to take advantage...