Invisible training” is how Antonio Ballesteros Hens puts it. The Lloyds pharmacist turned sports nutritionist has worked at Spanish soccer club Cadiz for five years, and while his role may seem peripheral, he’s actually played a major part in their fortunes. Cadiz are playing top-flight soccer for the first time in 15 seasons and are well placed to avoid relegation after many expected them to struggle in the drop zone.
Barcelona had won their previous seven games and another victory would have put them back within touching distance of Atletico, even if La Liga’s leaders have played one game fewer. Instead, Koeman is left to reflect on a hugely disappointing week for his team, that saw them hammered 4-1 by PSG on Tuesday and slip up at home to relegation-battling Cadiz.
Athletic Bilbao ended a four-match winless streak with a 4-0 victory over Cádiz in the Spanish league on Monday. Álex Berenguer scored twice in the first half and Unai López and Iñaki Williams added a goal in each half for Athletic. The win moved the Basque Country club to 10th place in the league standings.
|Champions League (League Winners): Atlético de Madrid|
|Champions League (League Position): Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Villarreal|
|Relegation (League Position): Alavés, Elche, Huesca|