The Spanish La Liga is upon us once again. The 2019/2020 season begins on the 16th of August 2019. It promises to be interesting, beautiful, exciting and above all competitive. While that last part of the sentence (competitive) hasn’t been the case in recent years, this year’s La Liga promises to be different. It promises to be a keenly and eagerly contested affair between four teams at least. They are Barcelona and Real Madrid as usual and then Atletico Madrid and Valencia. The subsequent paragraphs make a case for each team, where it can be won and possibly lost.
2019/2020 LA LIGA SEASON: BARCELONA.
Barcelona are the defending champions of the Spanish La Liga. They have won it twice in a row and 5 times over the last 7 years. It is safe to say they know how to win it and will be competing for it once again this season. Barcelona have maintained all their key players of their title winning team last season.
In addition to those players, they have signed key players in key positions to beef up the squad. Antoine Griezmann is one of those arrivals. He was part of the 2018 France World Cup winning team and was expected to join Barcelona that summer but stayed put. He will add quality to Barcelona’s star-studded attack.
Frenkie De Jong is another key player that has joined Barcelona’s midfield. He will bring ball retaining ability and passing accuracy to Barcelona’s midfield. Young Brazilian player Emerson has joined them together with the experienced goalkeeper Neto. These signings will make Barcelona challenge for the trophy once again.
Barcelona’s failure or refusal to sign an outright number 9 to challenge or act as a backup to Suarez might end up being their undoing once the season gets underway. There is still time to remedy the situation though.
2019/2020 LA LIGA SEASON: REAL MADRID.
Real Madrid haven’t won the Spanish La Liga title in two seasons despite being one of the most expensive team in sports. Their last win came in 2017 when Zidane and Ronaldo combined to give them the title. One of that combination in the name of Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at the club. But Zidane is back and overseeing some changes at the club to change that. It was needed after their abysmal performance last season that resulted in the sacking of two managers.
Real Madrid and Zidane have also kept their key players from last season and added quality players to the team. Eden Hazard is the big name among the bunch. He will bring goals and creativity to their team, something they have not had in abundance since Ronaldo left the club.
Other notable signings that will make a difference to their squad are Luca Jovic from E. Frankfurt, Eder Militao from Porto, Ferland Mendy from Lyon and teenage sensation from South America Rodrygo. These signings will make Real Madrid strong again to stake a claim for the La Liga title.
One obstacle that might be in Real Madrid’s way to glory is how all these new signings gel with the existing team. If the balance is not right, their dream of winning the title might be extended by at least a year.
2019/2020 LA LIGA SEASON: ATLETICO MADRID.
Atletico Madrid haven’t won the La Liga title since their 2013/2014 triumph. That being said they have come close over the past few seasons by not finishing lower than third. They came close last season but fell short after recording some disappointing results towards the end of the season. They still ended the season in second place.
Although Atletico Madrid have lost certain key players in the name of Griezmann, Godin, Filipe Luis and Rodri, they have bought well in the transfer window. Quality players like Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Hector Herrera and Mario Hermoso have joined to replace those gone.
These players coupled with the existing players should make Atletico Madrid whole to challenge for the crown once again. It is Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente in particular that might make Atletico Madrid winners once again. This so because they possess abundance of talent and drive.
Like Real Madrid, if the adaptation period and blending doesn’t go smoothly, it might hinder their chance of winning another league title under Diego Simeone.
2019/2020 LA LIGA SEASON: VALENCIA.
Valencia haven’t won the Spanish La Liga since that memorable triumph under Rafael Benitez in 2004. But if there is any indication of a change in fortunes, it can be seen in their performance towards the end of last season. They recorded 7 wins from ten matches, beating Real Madrid along the way to finishing fourth. Their Copa Del Rey win over Barcelona and Europa League semi-final appearance is further proof.
Valencia have not lost many of their key players in this summers’ transfer window. They have meanwhile recruited to improve their squad while replacing those they have lost. Good players like Jasper Cillessen, Maxi Gomez, Denis Cheryshev and Manu Vallejo have all joined or signed permanently. These players might help Valencia to continue on the upward trajectory and who knows it might lead them to the title.
The Valencia team will be competing on multiple fronts after their fourth-place finish last season. Their squad-depth might become an issue for them in their quest to challenge for the title. But they will try with the motivation they have discovered last season under Marcelino Garcia Toral.
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