Spanish La Liga
Barcelona are the team who defends the crown once again, while the other powerhouses in the Spanish La Liga Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will try to take it from the Catalans. It’s another exciting season which lies ahead of us in one of the best football leagues in the world.
Barcelona won the La Liga title in the last two seasons, so now everyone wants to see if the Catalans can make it three times in a row. It would be a really spectacular achievement, taking into account the serous competition they have for the gold medals.
That’s the reason why Barcelona did not spare any funds to improve their squad during the summer. The French internationals Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne signed contracts with Los Cules, while the former Barca player Denis Suarez was bringed brought back to Camp Nou from Villareal. Another player who have signed with Barcelona is the Euro 2016 winner with Portugal Andre Gomes, who was bought from Valencia.
It would not be a surprise for you to hear that Barcelona’s biggest rival for the title is going to be Real Madrid. After winning the Champions League for 11th time in their history, The Los Blancos were not really that active on the summer transfer market. The only exception is the Spanish international Alvaro Morata, who was brought back to Santiago Bernabeu from Juventus for the sum of 30 million euro. Now the talented striker will have to battle for a spot in the starting eleven with Karim Benzema, which is not going to be easy for him.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid is the third big draw in La Liga at the moment. Atletico did some serious work on the summer transfer market so far, with their most expensive signing being the French striker Kevin Gameiro, who was bought for 32 million euro from Sevilla. 25 more million were paid to Benfica for the midfielder Nico Gaitan, while 16 more million were splashed for the Croatian right back Sime Vrsaljko from Sassuolo.
It’s hard to think that some other team could really interfere in the battle for the title in La Liga. Teams like Valencia, Sevilla and Villareal are traditionally playing an important role in the league, but their biggest goal will probably remain the 4th spot in the table and the Champions League qualifications. Right now La Liga is a three horse race and this would hardly change in near future.