After winning last year’s La Liga title with a relentless final sprint, Real Madrid are betting on practically the same group of players as they seek to successfully defend a domestic crown for the first time since 2008. With their finances squeezed by the Covid-19 pandemic and their squad already well rounded, Real have had neither the resources nor the desire this summer to make the glamorous signings for which they are renowned. … [Read more...] about La Liga season preview: Real Madrid primed for another title but must rely on same players
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Barcelona are still reeling from a dismal finale to the season and are in the middle of a squad overhaul led by new coach Ronald Koeman, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla still appear to lack what it takes to sustain a proper title bid. … [Read more...] about Preview: With little change in squad, Real eye another La Liga title
Meanwhile Atletico fans will want to see more from record signing Joao Tomas after the youngster showed signs of his undoubtable talent in his debut season in Spain. Simeone will not need the Portuguese to start leading the Atletico attack, rather than playing an attractive bit-part. … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Can Simeone’s Atletico change style or will defensive mindset bring diminished returns?
Athletic`s star man Inaki Williams was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up by coach Gaizka Garitano but the forward came closest to scoring for the visitors when he did come off the bench, striking the bar with a shot with his knee. … [Read more...] about La Liga: Granada CF beat Athletic Bilbao, promoted Cadiz CF lose to CA Osasuna
Morientes spoke about the importance of Joao Felix having a “stable season” at Atletico Madrid and 19-year-old Japanese Takefusa Kubo and Mendieta said he hoped Frenkie de Jong would have a better season but it was Barcelona academy product Ansu Fati who dominated the discussion on young players to watch out for in 2020-21. … [Read more...] about Messi leaving won’t affect television revenue: La Liga president