The League is renewed

The League resumes its rights this weekend with the first day of the Spanish championship. A new campaign marked by Barça’s golden window.

The (real) return of the Classic

With the successive departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, added to the worrying financial situation of FC Barcelona, ​​the legendary Clásico de Liga had lost its magnificent flavor in recent seasons. But the Blaugrana, pushed by a new sports project with Xavi on the bench, have spent profusely to reconnect with the international spotlight. The Catalan management spent more than 150 million euros in the summer market, making Barça the most expensive club in Europe during this period. With Robert Lewandowski (45 million) at the head of his attack surrounded by other luxury reinforcements Jules Koundé (50 million), Franck Kessié, Raphinha (58 million) or even Andreas Christensen, Barça is ready to compete for the throne ​of Spain A trophy that has eluded them since 2019.

On the Santiago Bernabéu side, the Madrid management preferred to bet on a logical philosophy of continuity. The Real Madrid machine, so efficient and well-oiled, has added new bolts to its gears to be even more tested at the start of the season. If they lost the battle for Kylian Mbappé, the Galacticos registered the arrivals of Aurélien Tchouaméni for 80 million euros and Antonio Rüdiger. What to prepare calmly, with Eduardo Camavinga, the succession of the legendary Kroos-Modric-Casemiro trio.

A tough battle for Europe

Spain is used to it and this year, the battle for European tickets should take place on Spanish turf. Behind the legendary Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​other teams intend to fight for the qualification places – starting with Atlético de Madrid, well reinforced in every line by the arrivals of Nahuel Molina from Udinese on the right side , by Axel Witsel in the middle. and the return of Álvaro Morata at the head of the attack.

The two Sevillian clubs will experience high-level European derbies. Betis have rejuvenated their attacking lines with the signing of young Brazilian Luiz Henrique and solid forward Wiliam José, while Sevilla FC have seen the big picture by welcoming Isco, Alex Telles, Oscar Rodríguez and Marcão.

Former Lyonnais Nabil Fékir hopes to play again in Europe with Bétis. Zuma / OVERVIEW

Gattuso wants to rebuild Valencia

Since 2015, Valencia has only finished in the Top 5 twice (fourth in 2018 and 2019), now accustomed to the soft underbelly of the League. With the arrival of Italian Gennaro Gattuso, Valencia’s seventh coach in ten years, the Merengots hope to find a stable sporting project. With this, the Valencian board has bet on the youth, smelling good moves such as the signings of Hugo Duro (22), after a good campaign at Getafe and Samuel Lino (22) from the Colchoneros. Gattuso will also be able to count on a former AC Milan player, right winger Samu Castillejo, back in La Liga after leaving Villarreal for Italy in 2019.

Girona takes the English accent

Bought by City Foot Group in August 2017, Girona FC’s project took a new turn this summer with the arrival of several young players from the Emirati network: young Brazilian with great potential Yan Couto and Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera they were loaned by Manchester City to Catalonia. The same observation for Valentin Castellanos of the New York City Foot, another club affiliated with the Citizens. The 23-year-old Argentine striker will discover Europe after dominating MLS, finishing as the league’s top scorer with 19 goals. While the football world questions these new network policies, Girona are finally reunited with the Spanish elite after leaving it in 2019 and intend to stay there once and for all.

The tight Pichichi race

With the arrival of Robert Lewandowski in Barcelona, ​​the fight for the top scorer trophy in the championship promises to be interesting to follow. Reigning champion Karim Benzema (27 goals last season) will also have to be wary of Alvaro Morata’s return to Atlético de Madrid, who are preparing very hard. Another great contender for this Pichichi marathon is Gerard Moreno, Villarreal’s all-time top scorer. Vinicius (Real Madrid), Raul de Tomas (Espanyol) or even Iago Aspas (Celta) are also worth mentioning, used to shaking the Spanish nets for several seasons.

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