If La Liga’s new season follows the drama of the past few months, surprises are possible.
Although Spanish football is still affected by the departure of Argentina Lionel Messi from Barcelona, the 2021-2022 season begins today.
After Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, he became one of the oldest clubs without his traditional star, while Barcelona’s traditional rival Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos left for the French capital on a free transfer deal.
However, Barcelona still have many world-class players in its arsenal and this season will depend on Petrie, Frenzy de Jong and Antoine Griezmann, and hope that team will rely on Memphis Debay.
But it is difficult to escape the shock of Messi’s departure.
Messi took part in half of Barcelona’s shots last season, with his attempts or shots, missing only three games, so coach Ronald Koeman has to change the way he plays.
Barcelona felt the absence of a player due to injury because Barcelona had won almost three quarters of the 520 league matches and played with Messi, but won only 57% of the 120 games in which he did not participate, and this crisis is now unresolved.
Madrid also have less money, but Real Madrid faced this reality, cutting costs and agreeing to leave after high-paid players Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane.
Despite the departure of Zinedine Zidane, the team was better off ahead of the new season.
Madrid lost 18 games last season, the best results in the tournament, and disappointing draws in the last rounds against Getafe, Real Betis and Sevilla – all in five games – Real Atletico Madrid, leaders, only two points.
With the return of 2014 Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, club officials were well aware of his strong record after Zidane.
In an event unique to the Atletico Madrid team, Atletico Madrid were in the lead and their players were not targeted for transfer from the team.
Atletico Madrid players will not be targeted when Barcelona and Real Madrid suffer from the financial crisis because Barcelona are trying to bring Griezmann back to Atletico Madrid.
However, improvements in Messi’s exit seem to have put an end to this notion, instead Atletico Madrid extended their defensive stars’ contracts a week after the opening of the season.
With Europa League winners Villarreal retaining their best players, clubs outside the title line look unprecedentedly comfortable – including Gerard Mourinho, who scored the league’s second goal with 23 goals. Sociedad will enter the new season with the same team that finished fifth last season.
If Ancelotti could not restore the pride of the aging Real Madrid team, the competition for the top spot in the table would be open to all teams.
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