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Emirates News Agency – The Spanish league is gearing up for a new race between Barcelona and Real Madrid … and the youngsters are challenging the veterans.


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ABU DHABI, August 9, WAM/ The Spanish Football League’s new season kicks off tomorrow, amid speculations of a fierce battle for the title again between the two giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​despite Barcelona winning the title by a huge margin in their favor last season.
About 14 weeks after the curtain fell on last season’s activities, life returns to Spanish football stadiums with the league’s new season of matches, which sees plenty of changes in the squads of the competing teams. Real Madrid and Barcelona.
This summer has seen a number of changes in the squads of many Spanish clubs in the player transfer market, and many teams such as Atletico Madrid, who will win the competition title in 2021, look like candidates to compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona in the new season. , but strong nominations remain in favor of the two great poles.
After winning the Spanish League and European Champions League double in the 2021-2022 season, Barcelona reclaimed the local throne last season, contrary to expectations that Real Madrid would dominate the Spanish league for several years.
After going through a tough mid-season in the last two seasons, Barcelona succeeded in winning the local title early and finished the season 10 points clear of Real Madrid. The team has seen 38 rounds in any season in the Spanish league.
Barcelona, ​​of course, will be looking forward to defending the domestic title in the new season, especially with many of its young elements such as Petri, Xavi and Anzu Fati gaining extra experience with the confidence he gained from winning the title. Last season.
On the other hand, Real Madrid is trying to regain the local title. Chief among them are young Englishman Judd Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in Germany and Arta Guler from Fenerbahce in Turkey.
After the player’s contract with Manchester City ended, Barcelona strengthened their ranks with some players, notably German Ilkay Guendauken, on a free transfer deal, and many others. Other clubs including Abdel Samad Al-Zalzouli.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said: “Many players have joined the team and they must know that we need them.. From the point of view of the board of directors and the team’s sports management, these new elements are positive. , it reassures me somewhat.”
At the same time, the ranks of both teams in the new season will be without many players who have imposed themselves as stars of the competition and European football in the past seasons.
Foremost among these stars are Frenchman Karim Benzema, who left Real Madrid for the Saudi league after years of brilliance, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba left Barcelona at the end of last season, and Gerard Pique preceded them by leaving the club mid-season, while the former The club’s efforts to bring back Argentine star Lionel Messi, who recently moved to Inter Miami, have failed.
Despite that, both teams have star-studded squads, with the likes of Poland’s Robert Lewandowski at Barcelona, ​​Germany’s Toni Kroos and Croatia’s Luka Modric at Real Madrid. With Xavi and Petri at Barcelona and Bellingham and his best striker teammate Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid, the new season is expected to see a race between young and experienced elements.
The teams of other teams also include many famous stars; Chief among them is Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who scored 15 goals and set up 16 for his team-mates at Atletico Madrid last season, and Argentina coach Diego Simeone could lead the team into strong competition with Barcelona and Real Madrid. Last season they finished third, just one point behind Real Madrid.
Also, other teams like the holders of the Europa League title, Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla will be looking to enter the competition circle strongly for at least the first places.
Granada, Las Palmas and Deportivo Alaves return to competition in Spain’s first division after being promoted from the second division at the end of last season.

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