An incident packed last weekend of the season for our men between the sticks, but more of that later. Our first task here is to congratulate Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo for winning the “Zamora” award this season, the Chilean international setting a new record for his club with 23 clean sheets. Bravo was not in action this weekend however, Luis Enrique giving a run out to third choice keeper Masip in the last match against Deportivo given that the title was already in the bag. That meant that Ter Stegen didn’t play a single minute in the league, although he does have the Copa del Rey and the Champions League finals to look forward to before he sets off for his summer holidays, not a bad consolation!
Goals galore in the last round of games, although there was still room for two matches without any, Roberto and Oblak not having much to do as Granada and Atlético played out a non-aggression treaty which meant the Andalusians stay up and their visitors hold on to third spot. Diego Mariño did have to save a penalty however as Levante and Elche ended up drawing 0-0 in a game with nothing at stake, and his opposite number Tyton picked up an injury late on which allowed youngster Pol Freixenet (like the Cava!) to make his debut. Two other clean sheets as well for Athletic’s Herrerín and Eibar’s Irureta with very different outcomes, the former ensuring a place in Europe for next season, but the latter not able to prevent the Basque team from going down.
Tyton’s injury didn’t seem to be too serious, but Valencia’s Diego Alves had to be replaced by Yoel in the second half of the game at Almería with a knee ligament problem which doctors later confirmed means he will be out for the rest of the year. With Champions League football in Mestalla next season, the Ches are already moving to make an emergency signing. Meanwhile Celta’s Sergio Alvarez was sent off midway through the first half for giving away a penalty on Espanyol’s Sergio García, Rubén Blanco coming on as substitute, and Rulli returned for Real Sociedad in place of Zubikarai after serving out a one match ban. And elsewhere both keepers were changed in the meaningless last match of the season in the Bernabeu stadium, Casillas returning for Keylor Navas in what may be his last appearance in a Real Madrid shirt (David De Gea is already in talks to move from Manchester United!), and Codina stepped in for Guaita for the visitors. Navas and Guaita must be grateful that they were left on the bench as the game ended 7-3! For the record as well, Bravo’s omission and Sergio Alvarez’s red card meant that Kameni was the only goalkeeper to play every minute of every match this season. (25.05.15)
|Zamoras||Games played||Goals against||Difference|
|Diego Alves (Valencia)||37||29||-8|
|Casillas (Real Madrid)||32||35||+3|
|Sergio Alvarez (Celta)||37||42||+5|
|Juan Carlos (Córdoba)||32||56||+24|