Puyol in the match against Osasuna / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Valladolid eased past Levante 2-0 on Monday night to give them two wins, three goals scored and none conceded in their first two games on returning to the top flight and leave them as the only team in the league not to have let in a goal so far. Boss Miroslav Djukic is clear though just where his team’s priorities lie: “we are 39 points off our objective”- staying in La Liga. Rayo beat Betis 1-2 in Seville on Saturday night thanks to an assist and a goal from their 19-year-old Brazilian debutant Leo and after last week’s win against Granada are also on six points.

Falcao hits season’s first hat trick

Falcao scored the first hat trick of the league this season on Monday night as he helped Atlético Madrid demolish a troubled Bilbao 4-0 to take fourth spot. The Basques – again without the want away Llorente and Javier Martinez – have conceded 9 goals in their opening two games and after their latest defeat, Bielsa admitted: “it was a fair result and it could even have been more”. Atlético have four points, alongside Mallorca and Malaga, who drew 1-1 on Saturday night and Deportivo and Sevilla. Deportivo shared the points with Valencia in a six-goal thriller at Mestalla, coming back from 3-1 down at half time. Soldado scored twice for the hosts, with Feghouili getting the third, whilst Aguillar got a brace for the visitors before a Pizzi penalty won them a point.

Poor start for Madrid

Real Madrid’s slow start to the season continued at Getafe where they went down 2-1, despite going ahead through a first half effort from Higuain. Mourinho’s outfit have just one league point and have lost two of their opening games of this season and the Portuguese boss will no doubt be hoping that new signing Luka Modric, who joined on Monday, will help get the team back to its winning ways as soon as possible. Espanyol are also struggling at the start of the season, with Saturday night seeing them go down 1-2 at home to Zaragoza after a catalogue of defensive errors, including a Juan Albin penalty that led to his sending off which boss Pochettino reckoned: “was the turning point in the game, it left us a man down and we started to tire”.

In the weekend’s two other games, Agirretxe scored twice to give Real Sociedad their first points, beating Celta 2-1, and Granada drew 1-1. Seville boss Michel saw his team play with 10 men for nearly an hour after Diego Lopez was sent off and after the game concluded: “it’s one of those days when you don’t know whether to be happy or angry!”.