La Liga Season Preview 2017/2018

La Liga Season Preview 2017/2018

Real Madrid kicked off the new La Liga campaign with a 3-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna and it is more than obvious that they are determined to defend their trophy. Fellow title contenders Barcelona will be without Brazilian ace Neymar in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign, whilst Atletico Madrid are not allowed to sign players before January and it remains to be seen if los Blancos will take advantage of the situation.

Real Madrid impressed in the 2016/2017 season, with the capital club winning both Champions League and La Liga titles. Cristiano Ronaldo proved his worth in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final of the elite competition, but the Portuguese ace will miss first five La Liga fixtures through suspension. Los Blancos, though, have been playing splendid performances at the start of the season even without CR7 in the starting line-up and it is more than obvious that trio Kroos-Modric-Casemiro is playing a key role in Zinedine Zidane’s team. Spain rising start Marco Asensio is expected to shine in the 2017/2018 La Liga season and it remains to be seen if summer signing Dani Ceballos is going to see any game action this term. Anyhow, Real Madrid are seen as No. 1 favourites to win the domestic trophy as Barcelona ace Neymar is going to be sorely missed this season.

Speaking of Neymar, the Brazilian winger signed for big-spending Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer and Barcelona chiefs has yet to find an adequate substitution for him. All eyes will be on attacking duo Leo Messi-Suarez in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign, but, as previously mentioned, Neymar seems to be irreplaceable. New coach Ernesto Valverde will surely use Gerard Deulofeu as a winger before the club owners sign a top-class footballer and it remains to be seen if the former Sevilla man is capable of producing splendid performances at this level. The Catalan giants failed to impress in the opening match of the season against Real Betis and, taking everything into account, I do not believe that they are capable of regaining the silverware.

Despite the fact that Atletico Madrid cannot register players until the first of January, los Rojiblancos are once again seen as one of the favourites to win the La Liga trophy. The club management did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window and it has to be noted that Sevilla ace Vitolo, who currently plays for Las Palmas on loan, will join Atletico Madrid in January. Antoine Griezmann signed a new contract with the capital club and, no doubt, opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the French striker. Diego Simeone’s men dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Girona on the opening day of the season, but they are likely to find their best form soon. Anyhow, given the quality of their local rivals Real Madrid, I do not believe that los Rojiblancos are going to win their first La Liga title since 2014.

Sevilla are widely expected to secure yet another top-four finish as the like of Nolito, Muriel, Corchia and Kjaer joining the club, with duo Jesus Navas – Ever Banega returning to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Villarreal are eyeing a place in European competitions and they are certainly capable of getting one, whilst Athletic Bilbao head into the season with an unchanged squad and they are likely to finish the season in top six as well.

Speaking of the relegation battle, newcomers Girona proved their worth in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid in their opener and that is giving fans a reason for optimism. Fellow newly-promoted side Getafe produced a fine display in a goalless draw with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Barria, whilst Levante defeated Villarreal at home on the opening match of the season.

Las Palmas and Malaga seem to be much weaker than the last season and they could experience all sorts of problems in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign.

Anyhow, we will once again enjoy watching clashes in La Liga, which is considered the best football league in the world nowadays.

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