Real, Barcelona, ​​Benzema against Lewandowski, Atletico, Xavi… The eight questions we ask ourselves before recovering in Spain

Will the Spanish League regain its fame?

We were worried about her a year ago. She has already lost one of her icons with Cristiano Ronaldo. She just saw Lionel Messi leave too. The Messi-CR7 duel did not sum up La Liga, but it embodied its popularity. The Spanish championship inevitably became less attractive last summer. It became less clear a year later. The Spanish League holds the European champion club and its possible future with the Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema. And Barcelona is in full recovery, backed by the player who could (should?) have won the last Ballon d’Or, Robert Lewandowski. There are more reasons to feel more energized at the dawn of this new season than last.

Atletico, Real’s old goalkeeper, Xavi… The eight questions we ask ourselves before the La Liga resume

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Will the old guard keep Real Madrid in the lead?

He will have to be very strong to do the same as last season by finishing the season in Spain and Europe. Real Madrid’s succession has worked well, as have Vincos Jr., Eder Militao or rookie David Alaba. But the cups, the White House owes above all to its old guard, the Casemiro-Kroos-Modric trio in the middle, and, of course, Benzema in attack. Merengue FC continued to prepare for the future by recruiting Aurelien Chuamini as well as strengthening its defense with Antonio Rudiger. However, CEOs will retain the leadership role. They are always getting older. We say it every summer. But age may not have finished improving it.

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Is Xavi a man to renew Barcelona?

Barcelona has already found a smile thanks to him. This is no small matter. Xavi arrived on the bench for the club that made his legend last November, and he knew how to climb a team and then ninth in the rankings to second place, which is synonymous with qualifying for the Champions League. The Barcelona coach gave style to the Blaugrana squad. He has given himself the means to return Barcelona to the top of La Liga. With young Pedri and Xavi, Ousmane Dembele who was able to revive and persuade him to stay, Jules Conde, Ravenha and Robert Lewandowski who managed to attract, Xavi has the papers on hand to fill Catalan hearts with pride.

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Lewandowski, Benzema … Whose name is Pichichi?

With the departure of Leo Messi, Benzema was left unchallenged. With 27 goals, he had easily topped the scoring charts by nine lengths ahead of his first pursuer, Iago Aspas. Without detracting from the Madrilenian advantage, the race for “Pichichi” wasn’t the most exciting. But Lewandowski arrived. There was nothing better than the man who scored 50 goals for Bayern last season to rival Benzema. With the new Barcelona, ​​the more efficient Vinicius Junior and Alvaro Morata back on his feet well at Atlético, among others, the top scorer ranking is expected to be more competitive this year.

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Atletico better than a third thief?

Atlético somehow maintained their role as La Liga’s third stronghold last season. Diego Simeone’s squad wasn’t far from finishing second by finishing the second half behind Barcelona, ​​let alone slipping to fourth, a small point behind Sevilla. His attack was not flamboyant and his defense was less solid (43 goals conceded). There is room to do better this season. Colchoneros have not recorded any major departures and will be boosted by the return of Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez. With Joao Felix and avenging Antoine Griezmann after the worst season of his career, they could upset Real and Barcelona.

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Seville, Betis, Villarreal… Who really dreams of C1?

As is often the case in Spain, the fight for fourth place looks more open than that on the podium. Sevilla will try to get it, but losing their best defenders, Jules Conde and Diego Carlos, could be detrimental to them. Because the competition has increased. Betis in attack with Willian Jose, Luiz Henrique and Real Sociedad on the wings with Brice Mendes, Muhammad Ali Chu and Takefusa Kubo. There are also safe bets. Villarreal, was punished slightly in the league last spring for his trip to the Champions League quarter-finals, and Athletic Bilbao. This promises an exciting and indecisive C1 race.

Valencia, young menace?

He lost his luster at the start of the millennium, but Valencia is coming off a relatively decent season. His ninth place was already better compared to his thirteenth place the previous year, which was verified by the King’s Cup final. But Che club are still in a very precarious position following the resignation of president Anil Murthy and the replacement of coach José Bordalas by Gennaro Gattuso, VCF’s 10th coach since the arrival of owner Peter Lim in 2014. With a technician who discovered the Spanish championship and the youngest workforce in La Liga, with an average ​​Aged 24, Valencia attacks this new opus with more unknowns than certainty.

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Almeria, surprise promo party?

It’s not uncommon to see a rising spot in sixth place in the league’s top-spending clubs in the transfer window. Although the economic crisis and new financial regulations in La Liga make most managers wise in Spain, the Andalusian side of Saudi owner Turki Al Sheikh has invested in the transfer market. In particular by attracting the Brazilian block Kiki, who is also coveted by Barcelona, ​​and keeping his Nigerian striker. Enough to give substance to the Spanish D2 champion project. Of the three that have been upgraded, it is certainly the best equipped for maintenance. So above…

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