Analysis: Four things to look out for in Spain's Matchday 24

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MADRID, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- La Liga matchday 24 comes after Barcelona and Sevilla suffered home defeats in the Champions League, while Atletico Madrid and Levante play each other for the second time in four days. Here are some things to look out for in Spain this weekend.

1. How will Barca react to European thrashing?

Barca's 4-1 home defeat to Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday night will go down as one of the worst night's in the club's European history and it showed that not much has changed after their 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich last season.

Coach Ronald Koeman has made it clear he knows the club's weaknesses, but with his side still having a chance in this season's La Liga title race, he has to lift his players after three days of postmortem in the press.

Barca can be thankful that the Cadiz side that visits the Camp Nou on Sunday is currently a shadow of the team that beat them earlier in the season. Cadiz built their positive start to the campaign on a solid defense, but Monday's 4-0 defeat at home to Athletic Club Bilbao means they have now conceded 15 goals in four games and Barca should add to that total.

2. Will Atletico have learned from Wednesday's dropped points?

Atletico Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to six points after drawing 1-1 away to Levante on Wednesday, although that result did mean they wasted the chance to open up an eight-point gap.

Levante once again showed they are a well-built side, disciplined in midfield and defense and they created chances of their own on the break, while Atletico failed to take most of the chances they created.

Joao Felix should start on Saturday after his brush with the coronavirus, while Marcos Llorente (who scored on Wednesday) will provide drive in midfield, but unless Atletico create more in the final third, that lead at the top will start to look accessible to Barca, Real Madrid and Sevilla.

3. European defeat to affect La Real in derby?

Real Sociedad had high hopes of producing something special in Thursday's Europa League tie against Manchester United, but those hopes came crashing down in 90 minutes which saw them thrashed 4-0 to the English side while also losing defenders Aritz Elustondo and Joseba Zaldua to injury.

The side from San Sebastian now have to pick themselves up for a Basque derby at home to relegation threatened Alaves on Sunday afternoon. Alaves have just one win in their last eight league games and shipped five goals away to Barca last weekend, but they may see this as a chance to take at least a point from their tired and wounded neighbors.

4. Will Betis spell the end for Bordalas?

Getafe coach Jose Bordalas' position looks to be under ever-increasing threat in the wake of his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad, which saw him sent off for the second time in a week, following the red card he was shown a week earlier in Seville.

Getafe's last three games have seen them lose 3-0, 2-0 and 1-0 and the only goal they have scored in their last five matches was in a 5-1 thrashing in Bilbao. If we add to a por run of results, an early Cup exit against Cordoba, criticism of Getafe's 'rugged' style of play and the coach's touchline behavior, the odds are stacking up against Bordalas and a bad defeat away to an in-form Betis could spell his 'goodbye'. Enditem

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