Sept 26 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Monday Monday, September 26 Alaves 3 Granada CF 1 Sunday, September 25 Atletico Madrid 1 Deportivo Coruna 0 Leganes 1 Valencia 2 Espanyol
In an attempt to catch up with the financially dominant Premier League, Spain's top teams are coming up with new ways to promote the sport in their country and improve its global audience share. The league introduced an audio-visual rule for this season, forcing clubs to make their stadiums look better on TV if they wanted to cash in on Spain's improved broadcasting deals. ''The problem with Spain,'' Adolfo Bara, the Spanish league's marketing director, said on the sidelines of the SoccerEx convention, ''is that it's really hot in summer.
Jorge Sampaoli is backing Samir Nasri for a France recall ahead of Sevilla's Champions League clash with Ligue 1 side Lyon. Nasri, who has not received a cap in almost three years and announced his international retirement in 2014, scored his first goal for the Spanish club in a 3-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Having also laid on a crucial assist to secure derby victory over Real Betis a week earlier, Sampaoli believes the 29-year-old can play his way back into Didier Deschamps' reckoning with his continued fine form.