There are several teams currently in a state of crisis in LaLiga Santander at all levels of the table.
Some are fighting, or should be fighting, for Europe and even the title, while others are looking to ensure that their permanence in the Spanish top flight, rather than drop down to LaLiga 1|2|3.
These five teams are all underperforming and will be looking to remedy their situation before the end of the season.
The last seven days has left Real Madrid without a chance of securing silverware in the Copa del Rey and LaLiga Santander after two defeats against Barcelona, both at the Santiago Bernabeu. Their only hope is the Champions League, something that has worked out successfully in recent years, but it is very dangerous. The threat of a season without winning one of the three ‘big’ tournaments is real. There are some heavyweights in the squad who are not enjoying the same prominence, such as Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Isco and Marco Asensio, while Santiago Solari is starting to feel the pressure on the bench.
Three consecutive defeats and one point from 15 has seen Pablo Machin‘s side slip to sixth in the table. Sevilla are currently five points behind Getafe in fourth, the final Champions League position, and their collapse in the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey has not been forgotten. Sevilla, similarly to Madrid, are relying on a strong run in Europe, albeit the Europa League, and they will need to amend their league form as they are falling down the table.
In the space of two weeks, the hope that had awakened Quique Setien‘s project has dissipated. First came the unexpected exit to Rennes in the Europa League, and a week later Valencia knocked Los Verdiblancos out of a potential Copa del Rey final at their home stadium. Last Sunday saw a clash of styles as Getafe‘s direct play met Betis‘ possession-based approach, with Pepe Bordalas‘ side running out 2-1 victors at the Benito Villamarin. The final Champions League spot is now six points off, and Getafe hold the head-to-head advantage after two victories over Setien‘s men. The Betis supporters voiced their frustration at the coach, too, as chants of “Quique, go now!” echoed around the Villamarin.
Another defeat for Celta Vigo, away at Eibar this time, saw Miguel Cardoso‘s reign in charge come to an abrupt end. The only solace for the Galicians is that Villarreal and Rayo Vallecano, their closest rivals in the relegation mix, also lost last weekend. The Portuguese coach looked to shore up the defence, but that came at a cost as Celta failed to score in their last two games. They have picked up one point out of a possible 12 and there is the feeling that their situation could get worse, especially with Iago Aspas suffering a setback with his injury.
The Yellow Submarine saw Javi Calleja return to the bench and that has brought five points from 15. After three games without losing, which included a win against Sevilla, back-to-back defeats away to Atletico Madrid and at home to Alaves have plunged Villarreal back into the relegation dogfight. They remain in the bottom three and it is notable how few of the club’s higher profile players have failed to step up, aside from Santi Cazorla. They are a team that could potentially have a devastating end to the season.