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La Liga Season 2017 to 2018: Things You Need To Know

The 2017/18 La Liga season kicked off on August 18. It’s time to look at what to expect from Spain’s top flight.

La Liga

BY Aron Devis   August 23 2017

The 2017/18 La Liga season kicked off on August 18. It’s time to look at what to expect from Spain’s top flight. The newly promoted clubs are Girona, Levante and Gatefe and there are 17 another sides beside them filled with quality players and high expectations from the new campaign.

Leganes hosted Alaves on the first match of the season. The highlighted factor about this season is there will be four El Clasico’s played between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

We took some of the interesting facts about the new La Liga season just for you.

The team with the best chances of winning the league

In the last few seasons, La Liga has been a three horse race. But, given that Atletico Madrid have been handed a transfer ban, we think it would be fair to rule them out of the title race. So once again, it will be down to Barcelona or Real Madrid to challenge for the title. We don’t see any other team from La Liga challenging these two for the title.

FC Barcelona’s title hopes hinge on their summer recruitment. Their new manager, Ernesto Valverde, will take time to adapt to the Camp Nou setting, and it will be challenging for him to win the La Liga title in his first season. In terms of recruitment, Barcelona need a good right back, a couple of midfielders and a backup center-back.

On the other hand, Real Madrid seem to be a more settled team at the moment. They possess a really good group of players with a manager whose reputation is only increasing day by day. While none of the major players are expected to leave Real Madrid in the summer, they are bound to strengthen their squad even more.

However, the race for the La Liga is always a close one. As the 2016/17 season demonstrated, the title race can go on till the very last ball is kicked.

Teams to watch

A total of 20 teams will contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2016–17 season and three promoted from the 2016–17 Segunda División. This will include the two top teams from the Segunda Division, and the winners of the play-offs. While Levante was the first team from the Segunda Division to achieve the promotion. Below are lists of the respective teams qualified for the Upcoming 17/18 Season,

1. Alavés
2. Athletic Bilbao
3. Atlético Madrid
4. Barcelona
5. Celta Vigo
6. Deportivo La Coruña
7. Eibar
8. Espanyol
9. Getafe
10. Girona
11. Las Palmas
12. Leganés
13. Levante
14. Málaga
15. Real Betis
16. Real Madrid
17. Real Sociedad
18. Sevilla
19. Valencia
20. Villarreal

Summer signings to watch

The Spanish League lost Neymar in a record transfer to Paris Saint-German but still has plenty of stars on display, including the two touted as the best in the world Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona also kept Luis Suarez, Real Madrid held on to Gareth Bale, and Atletico Madrid still have Antoine Griezmann.

The top three teams did not make any blockbuster additions while Barcelona are yet hunting for Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool and Ousmane Dembélé from Borussia Dortmund to replace Neymar.

Here are some of the best signing up to date.

Gerard Deulofue (Barcelona)

A product of Barcelona’s youth academy, Deulofue is expected to take overs Neymar’s spot in Barcelona’s attack along with Messi and Suarez.

Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo (Sevilla)

The Veteran forward is back in Spain after a short stint with Manchester city last Season.

Paulinho (Barcelona)

The 29- year old Brazilian midfielder was Barcelona’s first signing after neymar’s departure, the player arriving on a four year contract in transfer worth 40 Million euros ($47 million).

Victor ‘Vitolo’ Machin (Atletico Madrid)

Atletico Madrid who are currently serving the transfer ban has been able to the sign the Right Footed man who plays mainly as a left winger, He will spend the first six months of his new contract playing for boyhood club Las Palmas in the Canary Island.

Nelson Semedo (Barcelona)

The Catalan Club also reinforced its defense by signing the 23 year old right back Nelson Semedo, the former Benfica Player who was in the Portugal’s squad at this year’s confederation cup.

Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid)

The 19 Year old French left back was in the center of a dispute between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, Choosing European Champions Real Instead of the team where he played most of his youth.

5 young players to watch in the 2017-18 La Liga Season

With a new La Liga season almost upon us, it seems the right time to take a closer look at some of the exciting prospects that could be set to make a name for themselves in Spain over the coming months.

Enzo Zidane CLUB: Deportivo Alaves AGE: 22 Position: Versatile Midfielder

Enzo Zidane was allowed to leave his father’s club after making just one appearance with the senior squad- an appearance in which making he scored. Now though, he has signed a 3 year deal with deportivo Alaves.

Asier Villalibre CLUB: Athletic Bilbao AGE: 19 Position: Centre Forward

Villalibre is a much more natural central player. The 19 year old spent the majority of last season at Athletic’s B Team, there he scored eleven goals and assisted a further four.

Enes Unal CLUB: Villarreal AGE: 20 Position: Centre Forward

Unal finds himself permanently situated in Spain one of their top club’s Villarreal. The yellow submarine forked out over £12 million for Unal’s signature which is certainly a statement that they will give the Turk plenty of opportunities.

Maxi Gomez CLUB: Celta Vigo CLUB: 20 Position: Centre Forward

The Highly rated Uruguayan Maxi Gomez is from Defensor. In his homeland, the youngster scored fifteen goals in twenty-seven games in all competitions last season goals in twenty-seven games in all competitions last season. Quick, clinical and commanding in the air, Gomez is a different dimension to Aspas.

Nemanja Maksimovic CLUB: Valencia AGE: 22 Position: Central Midfielder

One addition has been to bring in 22-year-old Serbian midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic. Formerly of Kazakhstan Giants Astana, the central midfielder is a direct replacement for the outbound Enzo Perez. He is most known for scoring the winning goal in the 2015 U-20s World Cup to gain Serbia.

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