This 2019/2020 edition of the Spanish championship, won by Real Madrid, ended on Sunday evening. It is now time to take stock and designate the best eleven of the season.
This season, the leaders of the Spanish league have not necessarily shown their best face, like FC Barcelona, which ended the season with its lowest number of points since the 2006/2007 financial year. But at the level of individualities, many players have pulled out of the game. In the cages, Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) for example silenced, definitively, all the doubts that existed, especially at the start of the season where some were even asked why Areola did not start more often! The Belgian goalkeeper was thus one of the main architects of the merengue coronation, achieving many decisive parades, in the home stretch of the season in particular. In addition to the Red Devil, Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona) and Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid) were also at the level we know them on their line. Aitor Fernandez (Levante), Rui Silva (Granada) and Unai Simon (Athletic) are also worth mentioning.
In defense, there is also a choice. To animate the right side, Jesus Navas (Sevilla FC) seems to be the most obvious choice. From the top of his 34 years, he saw a second brilliant youth in Andalusia, at home, being formidable in his offensive contribution as evidenced by his seven assists. Ander Capa (Athletic) was also a strong contender for this place. On the left side, it is a player well known to Ligue 1 fans who we find, since Yuri Berchiche (Athletic) is simply coming out of the best season of his career and has made enormous progress on both sides of the ground. Pervis Estupiñán (Osasuna), Sergio Reguilón (Sevilla FC) and Renan Lodi (Atlético) could also have claimed a place in our eleven. And in the central hinge, there is one that is indisputable, it is Diego Carlos (Sevilla FC). Arriving from Nantes this summer, the Brazilian rock was imperial from the start to the end of the season. His teammate Jules Koundé (Sevilla FC) had a little trouble at the start but quickly shone. But to support the former Canary, a choice is needed: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid). The Madrid captain carried his team through difficult times thanks to his defensive qualities and his charisma, even going so far as to end this Liga with eleven goals on the clock. Felipe (Atlético de Madrid), Djené (Getafe) and Domingos Duarte (Granada) also had a very good 2019/2020 season.
The people of Madrid in force
In the midfield, there is something to do ... In front of the defense, the Foot Mercato editorial team has bet on Casemiro (Real Madrid). He might not be the most gifted player on the ball, but his relentless work in his own half has made him, one more season, a valuable asset for Zinedine Zidane. His compatriot Fernando (Sevilla) is also a defensive midfielder coming out of an excellent season. For the two places in the middle, we find Santi Cazorla (Villarreal). After all the physical problems experienced by the Asturian, and at 35 years old, he has achieved the best performances of his career in recent months. In addition to his class and his magic, his line of statistics is also amazing: eleven goals and nine assists in thirty-five La Liga games. To accompany him, we have chosen Yangel Herrera (Granada), the Venezuelan midfielder, author of a good season but above all of a phenomenal last third of the season, allowing his people to grab a place in Europe while they were promoted to the first division this season! In different profiles, Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mauro Arambarri (Getafe), Rafinha (Celta) Martin Odegaard and Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad) could have made a place for themselves in this team.
What then? A first name is obvious, that of Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), top scorer and passer this season with twenty-five goals and twenty-one assists. All this while having missed several meetings in the first part of the season. His importance within FC Barcelona is no longer to be proven, and one more season, the Argentine carried his team on his own. Another offensive player who has made his mark this season is none other than his compatriot Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla FC). The former Marseillais' first season in La Liga was as surprising as it was impressive, being the best attacking player of this fine Sevillian team (fourteen goals and three assists). His qualities as a dribbler and his new facet of finisher delighted the Andalusians who probably did not expect to see the player at this level. Especially since he was able to reproduce these good performances on the right as on the left. And for the tip of the attack, the drafting ruled in favor of Karim Benzema (Real Madrid). The French striker was essential in the title obtained by the Zizou team, with twenty-one achievements and this status of offensive reference perfectly assumed. For these three attacking positions, many players would also have deserved a place. This is the case of Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mikel Oyarzabal and Portu (Real Sociedad), Jaime Mata (Getafe), Chimy Avila (Osasuna) or Roger (Levante).