The best league in the world has finally ended and with a Euro 2016 and Copa America around the corner there were a lot of players who were very impressive this season, anyway let me present you with my team of the season.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak ~ Atletico Madrid
If Jan has a bank account he would probably have a lot of money because this man saves a lot, and thanks to that he has managed to break Francesco Lino’s (1993/1994) record of conceding only 18 goals in La Liga. Jan Oblak has had the best percentage saves in La Liga this season with 81%. He has won his first La Liga Zamora award in his second season with Atleti. He has kept a total of 24 clean sheets this season.
Right Back : Oscar De Marcos ~ Athletic Club
How Bartra (who features little for Barcelona) and Azpilicueta (who had an awful season with Chelsea) managed to get into the Spain squad ahead of him is a matter of Del Bosque not noticing him and being a favouritism manager. De Marcos has been one of the best technical players in La Liga this season he has been brilliant and is a very disciplined full back. He hasn’t picked up any yellow cards, as a full back he has offered suburb skills offensively and defensively he’s been very solid. His one on ones has been good as well, offensive players found it tough to get past him. It is only a matter of time before the world starts noticing his rapid rise as a full back, and De Marcos has also proven his versatility playing two different positions this season.
Centre Back: Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid
The only disappointing thing about Godin this season is the fact that he didn’t score enough goals having only scored once. However defenders are not picked to score goals they are picked to protect their goal and in terms of protecting, no defender has been as solid as he was this season. Godin is the type of defender any manager in the world would want. He’s criminally underrated and has been robbed of a La Liga best defender award & Fifa Pro XI. Godin is the rock of the Atleti defence, a very determined player, he’s a very good organiser of the defence very well. Atleti would suffer if he left the team.
Centre Back: Eric Bailly – Villarreal
This young man has improved massively this season, as much as we want to praise Areola for keeping a large amount of clean sheets, credit deserves to go to Bailly too. He’s been so impressive this season in La Liga that rumor has it that Pep Guardiola’s Man City and Italian giants AC Milan are all eager in signing him. Villarreal have had great centre backs over the years from Rudolf Arruabarenna, Gonzalo Rodriguez to Diego Godin and now Eric Balliy. He can walk in the footsteps of those great defenders.
Left Back: Filipe Luis – Atletico Madrid
It looks like it was a huge mistake for Chelsea to sell Filipe Luis because he’s been nowhere near failure this season. After his performance this season Filipe Luis is the best left back in La Liga and he’s among the top three best left backs in the world along with David Alaba and Ricardo Rodriguez. One goal and four assists this season is all he contributed to Atleti in terms of going forward however defensively he’s been rock solid. Filipe Luis this season had the most tackles and was the defender with the most dribbles not only in La Liga but in Europe’s Top 5 leagues. When he’s on the pitch he gives a 11/10 performance week in and week out.
Midfielder: Koke ~ Atletico Madrid
Koke ended the season with 14 assists, his highest assist tally ever in La Liga scoring 5 goals in the process. Koke is a mixture of Xavi and Xabi Alonso. He’s defensively solid and can tackle really well while offensively he can conjure up a good pass any time. Koke is probably Atletico’s fittest player because he never gets tired at all. He can play up to 120 minutes without sweating.
Midfielder: Sergio Busquets ~ Barcelona
If you want to stop Barcelona, you must put as much pressure as you can on Sergio because if you can, then you have a chance in beating ‘The Cules’. Only Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, Real Sociedad and Bilbao appealed to this message, that’s why they didn’t have any issues beating Barcelona. Sergio Busquets is a remarkable holding midfielder he can control the midfield, play from the back and even provide a good through ball from out of nowhere. Sergio was the coolest player on the pitch for Barcelona this season.
Midfielder: Leo Messi ~ Barcelona
Messi has only missed 6 La Liga games this season but even that didn’t stop him from being involved in 42 (26 goals & 16 assists) of Barcelona’s goals this season. Messi doesn’t play in a number 10 role anymore, he plays wide which makes it hard for teams to man mark him. It was incredible how Messi paid tribute to Johan Cruff by deciding to pass the penalty to Luis Suarez, maybe the highlight of his career. Four of Messi’s goals this season have come from direct free kicks.
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo ~ Real Madrid
35 goals in 36 La Liga is a ridiculous record for Ronaldo despite age catching up on him. Unfortunately he came up short on winning the La Liga golden boot because of Luis Suarez who has managed to outscore him by four goals. Ronaldo was struggling to score goals against La Liga’s big teams in the first half of the season but that changed in the second half as he almost fired his team to La Liga glory.
Forward: Luis Suarez ~ Barcelona
He won Premier League golden boot with Liverpool but came up short for silverware, however at Barcelona he won the Golden Boot and silverware in a season were he was arguably Barcelona’s best player. He ended the campaign with more assists and goals than any other player in the league. He’s slowly but surely becoming a great in the Barcelona ranks.
Forward: Artiz Aduriz ~ Athletic Club
Age is just a number in the eyes of Aduriz, he has improved his goal tally in scoring 20 goals this season and successfully helping Bilbao finish fifth in La Liga, and rightfully he has earned his call up for Spain. If he was 11 years younger his price tag would be around €59 million.
By Tuta Ilonga, TFN Spanish Football expert on 19/05/2016 at 21:41