Primera Division Season Preview 2018/2019

Primera Division Season Preview 2018/2019

Real Madrid are on a quest to regain La Liga title, but the Spanish giants will have to do it without Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club earlier this summer. Barca and Atletico Madrid did well to reinforce their respective squads, meaning that yet another entertaining season is on the horizon.

Despite the fact that Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League trophy last season, coach Zinedine Zidane decided to quit his job. To make things even worse for the fans, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Serie A champions Juventus and, no doubt, los Blancos face an uphill task in the 2018/2019 La Liga season. New coach Julen Lopetegui sees Gareth Bale as the team’s new leader, but Luka Modric, who won the World Cup player of the tournament award, will play an important role in the capital club as well. Summer signing Thibaut Courtois is likely to be Real Madrid first-choice goalkeeper in the upcoming season, but without CR7 in the squad, los Blancos have slim chances of regaining the domestic trophy.

Barcelona chiefs, on the other hand, did well to sign the likes of Arthur, Malcolm, Lenglet and Arturo Vidal in the summer transfer window, meaning that they are determined to defend their La Liga trophy. Ousmane Dembele’s stunning goal helped Barcelona beat Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup and we predict that the two-footed winger is going to shine in the 2018/2019 season. However, seeing that Leo Messi is still part of the Catalan outfit, the “Argentine magician” will surely be the man to watch in Ernesto Valverde’s team. It has to be noted that Barca are eyeing their 26th La Liga trophy.

Atletico Madrid owners were very busy in the summer transfer window as well, with the likes of Lemar, Arias, Kalinic and Gelson Martins joining the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano club. Los Rojiblancos did well to finish the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign in the second place in the standings and they aim to cross one hurdle more this time out. Coach Diego Simeone managed to keep hold of key players and, as a result, Atletico Madrid are likely to make life difficult for both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the upcoming season. Diego Costa scored no more than three goals in 15 appearances for los Rojiblancos last season, but he is likely to prove a handful for opposition defenders, alongside Antoine Griezmann, who impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

The likes of Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal are seen favourites to secure a top-four finish, whereas Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid can’t wait for the season to begin as they return to the Spanish top flight.

The new La Liga campaign starts on August 17, with Girona and Real Betis facing Real Valladolid and Levante respectively on the opening day of the season. Prepare for yet another interesting football marathon, who is likely to bring La Liga lovers a lot of joy.

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