Team Review: Levante UD in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 30, 2014
Levante UD in the 2013-14 Season

La Liga Finish: 10th

Match Results: W12-D12-L14

(Featured image: Levante | Source: Daily Mail)

 

Levante spent their fourth consecutive stint in La Liga with a generally pleasant façade. They managed to rank within the top half by the season’s closing, their best position since 2012. With their 38 fixtures, the club seized the silverware 12 times, scored 35 goals, and raked a total of 48 points. However, as their position suggests, their campaign was a mixture of spectacles and disasters.

 

Les Granotes’ season opener was a massive devastation from defending champions Barcelona. The squad were thumped by the Messi-powered side on a 7-0 finish. This unavoidably buried Levante under the league table’s safe spots, making them the least favored team among football betting enthusiasts during that time. However, for their next six matches, they were able to forget about their disastrous curtain raiser as they pulled off a sextuplet of unbeaten results—mostly stalemates. This helped them recover in the rankings and as early as week four, they were already part of the top 10.

 

Joaquín Caparrós’ men were among the most resilient squads in the league last season. For the most part of their campaign, they were bouncing like a yo-yo between the table’s top half and the lower half, but mainly stuck in the mid-table. They recorded their best win of the season on the last week of October 2013 when they trounced Espanyol on a three-goal clean sheet at home. They also obtained victories from notable powerhouses such as eventual champions Atletico Madrid and Europa League winners Sevilla.

 

David Barral emerged as the team’s best scorer after he netted seven goals in La Liga and one in the Copa del Rey where they finished as quarter-finalists. Nabil El Zhar, Pape Diop, and Andreas Ivanschitz also delivered crucial goals.