5 Things to know about La Liga

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RAM­PANT RON­ALDO Even Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is re­port­edly im­pressed by his own form of late. “Maybe be­cause of the quan­tity of goals I have scored I could say this is the best mo­ment of my ca­reer,” Ron­aldo was quoted as say­ing in sports daily on Thurs­day. “This could be my best sea­son.” NEYMAR’S MO­MENT With Messi out, this ap­pears to be Neymar’s mo­ment to take the reins at Barcelona. “I don’t feel ex­tra pres­sure be­cause Messi’s out,” said Neymar, who has scored five goals. IN­JURED IN­TER­NA­TION­ALS The in­ter­na­tional break was not kind to Barcelona and Real Madrid on the in­jury front. Barcelona were al­ready miss­ing Messi and left back Jordi Alba. Mid­field­ers Xavi Her­nan­dez and Cesc Fabre­gas, and de­fender Ger­ard Pique are all ques­tion­able and the Cata­lan club will be with­out goal­keeper Vic­tor Valdes and right back Dani Alves. Madrid are likely to be with­out mid­fielder Sami Khedira for the re­main­der of the sea­son. Full­backs Marcelo of Brazil and Fabio Coen­trao of Por­tu­gal are also un­avail­able be­cause of in­juries. ATLETICO TO KEEP PACE Atletico Madrid also have con­cerns, with strik­ers Diego Costa and David Villa both ques­tion­able for to­day’s game against Getafe. Diego Costa missed his first cap for Spain be­cause of a leg in­jury while Villa re­turned from Spain duty nurs­ing a sore right leg. That could give striker Adrian Lopez a big­ger role against Getafe. Mid­fielder Mario Suarez is also side­lined by in­jury. Uruguayan in­ter­na­tion­als Cris­tian Rodriguez and Diego Godin may not start af­ter re­turn­ing from their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing suc­cess against Jor­dan. FRIENDLY DERBY The Seville derby be­tween Real Betis and Sevilla used to be one of the most vi­cious and bit­ter in Spain. Sev­eral years ago, for­mer Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked un­con­scious by a plas­tic bot­tle thrown from the stands. – Sapa/AP

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