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Leo Messi in the presentation of FC Barcelona, current champion of LaLiga
After the preseason, the serious begins, in the middle of the time war between LaLiga and the Royal Spanish Football Federation. With Barça as a favorite, in search of his third consecutive title, and a Real Madrid pursuer who has not shown his best face in the preparation matches. Atlético de Madrid will try to follow in their footsteps, reinforcing their status as 'matagigantes', won by hand in recent years.
Barça, in search of the third consecutive
FC Barcelona is the dominator of the competition in the last decade. Since the golden age of Guardiola, few leagues have escaped the set that Ernesto Valverde now directs. Although the Champions League is the priority objective of the Catalans, the domestic title is one of the great objectives. Only seven leagues separate them from Real Madrid, a distance that has been greatly shortened in recent seasons.
With Leo Messi in front, Barça will once again be the opponent to beat. The arrivals of De Jong and Griezmann especially, and that of Junior from Betis, reinforce a workforce that has proved to be the owner and lady of the League.
Real Madrid, to recover its best version
The team of Zidane resists the league. With the French leader in 2017 they achieved a historic double, but last year they stayed far away from the goal, showing a poor face both in Spain and in Europe.
After the passage of Lopetegui and Solari through the team, Zidane's return seems to have reinstated the illusion in Real Madrid, although the poor preseason has greatly lowered. Only the arrival of Eden Hazard cheers the face of a team that needs to remember better times.
Of the last eleven leagues, Real Madrid has won two, by eight of FC Barcelona. An uncomfortable reality that they will try to reverse in a competition that for Zidane, as he has mentioned on some occasions, is the most important.
Atlético de Madrid, to dethrone the giants
Atlético de Madrid has made a dent in recent years between the two giants of Spanish football. Since the arrival of Cholo, the leap in team quality and the power of its competitive gene They have made him a candidate for everything.
This summer he has suffered significant casualties and lost his spine. The marches of Godín, Filipe, Juanfran and, above all, Griezmann, have hurt him, but signings like Joao Felix's will soon forget the casualties.
Simeone's already know what it is to take away a League to Barcelona and Real Madrid and this year they will fight again for it.
European posts, the great emotion
With the candidates to be more or less defined champions except surprises, The excitement of the League always moves to European positions, where in recent years there have been exciting disputes.
Valencia, Espanyol, Sevilla, Betis, Villarreal, Getafe, Athletic … Teams with quality to spare the Champions League and Europa League places.
Osasuna, Granada and Mallorca they return to the category queen after ascending of Second Division, the first two by the fast track and the Balearic club after surpassing the playoff. With the aim of permanence, they start a season of renewed illusions.
Schedules of the first day of LaLiga
Athletic Club – FC Barcelona 21.00.
Celta-Real Madrid 17.00.
Valencia-Real Sociedad 19.00.
RCD Mallorca-Eibar 20.00.
Real Betis-Valladolid 21.00.
Atlético de Madrid-Getafe 22.00.