La Liga: Pete Jenson sums up what we’ve learned from wins for Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Villarreal

The fourth round of LaLiga games took place over the weekend, with clear victories for Barcelona, ​​​​Villarreal and Valencia, among others.

Real Madrid defeated Real Betis 2-1 on Saturday while Osasuna defeated Rayo Vallecano by the same score the following day.

The table is led by Real Madrid with a perfect 12 points from 12 so far, putting them two points ahead of Barcelona and Villarreal in the league title race at this early stage.

peter jenson, Sportsmail Man in Spain rounds up some of the biggest talking points from recent LaLiga games.

Aurelien Tchouameni was a key figure in Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Real Betis on Saturday

Aurelien Tchouameni was a key figure in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Real Betis on Saturday

1. Gattuso, the most popular man in Valencia

“He could put chorizo ​​in the paella and nobody would care,” football writer Enrique Ballester tweeted on Sunday night as Valencia scored five goals at home against Getafe. The Italian coach really made an impressive impression at the Mestalla.

“I think my squad is the best in the world and I’m not just saying that because I have to; I really believe in it,” he said ahead of the game.

Wonderfully over the top wishful thinking maybe, but his players went out there and played like champions after hearing it.

Gennaro Gattuso ensured Valencia's 5-1 win over Getafe and made him a popular man

Gennaro Gattuso ensured Valencia’s 5-1 win over Getafe and made him a popular man

2. New sheriff in town

Real Madrid have declared the competition for Casemiro’s replacement over after just two weeks.

Aurelien Tchouameni ate the Bernabeu out of his hand on his home debut against Betis on Saturday.

The 22-year-old France international touched the ball more, made more passes and even dribbled wide than any of his team-mates in the 2-1 win.

Aurelien Tchouameni has already established himself as a suitable replacement for Casemiro

Aurelien Tchouameni has already established himself as a suitable replacement for Casemiro

3. Emery’s yellow submarine is waterproof

Villarreal are the only team in one of Europe’s top five leagues who have not conceded a single goal so far this season.

They kept a fourth clean sheet in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Elche. “It keeps the goalkeepers happy,” Unai Emery grinned after the recent win.

Villarreal have to play their home games an hour down the coast at the Levante site while their own stadium undergoes renovations, but that didn’t bother them at all in Sunday’s first home game of the season. They now sit behind the Big Two in third place.

Unai Emery's Villarreal haven't conceded a single goal all season, beating Elche 4-0

Unai Emery’s Villarreal haven’t conceded a single goal all season, beating Elche 4-0

4. Vinicius is the leader of leaders

Real Madrid are now the only team in Spain with a 100 percent record and there was a slight changing of the guard when they beat Betis, the only other side to have won their first three games.

Karim Benzema remains crucial but the player who is really driving the team from the front now is Vinicius. His ninth-minute opener to a long pass from David Alaba was his third of the season.

He started the season where he left off last season when he scored the winner in the Champions League final.

Vinicius helps bring a successful Real Madrid side forward and maintain their 100 percent record

Vinicius helps bring a successful Real Madrid side forward and maintain their 100 percent record

5. Barcelona offshoots that are worthwhile

Barcelona’s attacking prowess is such this season that there is no shame in being one of the Catalan club’s poster boys.

There was no place for Martin Braithwaite and no place for 20-year-old winger Ez Abde at the Camp Nou. Both had memorable debuts.

Braithwaite scored Espanyol’s winner in the 83rd minute against Athletic Bilbao, who had previously not conceded a goal. And Abde launched a stunning maze run with the ball at his feet to set up Osasuna’s winner.

Chelsea are hoping for the same with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Martin Braithwaite scored the winner for Espanyol after being overwhelmed at Barcelona

Martin Braithwaite scored the winner for Espanyol after being overwhelmed at Barcelona

6. A move to VAR for Atletico Madrid

If you hate VAR and all the so-called football justice he dish out then you would have enjoyed Real Sociedad’s equalizer against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Record signing Umar Sadiq scored within 10 minutes of coming on at the Reale Arena and the stadium erupted to celebrate the €20m man’s instant success. Jaime Latre must have seen the ball brush the striker’s arm from his header before crossing the line, but the VAR referee chose not to interrupt the celebrations.

Atletico were furious, especially since a first-half Morata goal had been ruled out for handball under construction.

Umar Sadiq scored the equalizer against Atletico Madrid in disputed circumstances

Umar Sadiq scored the equalizer against Atletico Madrid in disputed circumstances

7. Kounde is so much more than just a defender

We knew that from his previous seasons at Sevilla and they were reminded of that on Saturday night when he provided two assists in a 3-0 win against them.

Kounde has to play at right-back at the moment and from there perfectly crossed to Robert Lewandowski to score. Then he set up Eric Garcia.

He will end up in the center and in charge of defense for years to come – Barcelona’s best signing in years.

Jules Kounde has proven to be an important signing for Barcelona, ​​and not just in defence

Jules Kounde has proven to be an important signing for Barcelona, ​​and not just in defence

8. It’s not the time to face Manchester City

A point from a possible 12 has given Sevilla their worst start in 40 years and after being beaten by Barcelona, ​​Pep Guardiola’s side are now coming over the hill to attack them.

It’s hard to see where the quick fixes lie. Some fans want Julen Lopetegui sacked, but the resources he received this summer fell short or were delivered very late.

Perhaps recently arrived Danish striker Thomas Dolberg can start his first game and lighten the gloomy mood.

Some fans want Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui out after their worst start in four decades

Some fans want Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui out after their worst start in four decades

9. Gavi Superstar

Becoming man of the match when your team has won 3-0 and you haven’t scored isn’t easy, but Spain midfielder Gavi, who just turned 18, did it on Saturday night.

He is still registered as one of the club’s youth team players and wears the number 30 on his back. Xavi’s old number six will certainly be his one day.

Youth team member Gavi put in an excellent performance in Barcelona's 3-0 win on Saturday

Youth team member Gavi put in an excellent performance in Barcelona’s 3-0 win on Saturday

10. Xavi chases Guardiola record

Barcelona’s lightning-fast moves make them even more effective away than at home, where teams are more defensive against them.

Xavi has yet to coach them since taking charge last November to beat them away and with 16 unbeaten away games he is nearing Guardiola’s record of 23.

Xavi has guided the Catalan side to 16 unbeaten away games since taking over the club

Xavi has guided the Catalan side to 16 unbeaten away games since taking over the club

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