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Is La Liga 2021/2022 worth it?

Lionel Messi, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos. Here are three new departures that follow those of players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar in previous years. No doubt, on paper, La Liga has lost some great names. And at the same time, it does not necessarily strengthen behind, with the two ogres who are limited due to the crisis, and in the case of the Catalans, by their disastrous management in recent years. Only Atlético, which benefits from a different legal status and can therefore bring in outside capital, has been able to put its hand in its pocket to recruit Rodrigo De Paul for example, and the Colchoneros do not intend to stop there. Among the other clubs, it is also quite calm, in particular because of the La Liga financial control body which has not relaxed its criteria despite the crisis. A very important element to take into account to which we have already returned on Foot Mercato. In parallel to all this, the Florentino Pérez – Joan Laporta tandem continues to wage war on Javier Tebas, the boss of the championship, the two parties being opposed on subjects such as the Super League or the agreement with the investment fund CVC .

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A panorama which can seem devastating for people who are not necessarily big followers of the balompied Spanish. For many, the La Liga season will be of very little interest, and this can be understood based on the arguments cited above. However, if we take a closer look at this 2021/2022 financial year, there are still good reasons to be enthusiastic. All is not black, quite the contrary. Many parameters make this new season interesting to follow. The reconstruction of FC Barcelona, ​​inevitably, with a Ronald Koeman who had managed to set up an often friendly game, empowering many young players. Kids like Pedri or Ansu Fati, not to mention silky players like Frenkie de Jong of course, thus remain very convincing arguments to follow Barça meetings, in which we could also discover other nuggets like Gavi, Nico Gonzalez or Yusuf Half. Same period of reconstruction to come on the side of Real Madrid, where Carlo Ancelotti will want to impose his paw once again and where, despite the departures in defense, the starting lineup remains very qualitative.

Not that many losses…

Many players know that they are facing their last chance to recover, like Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Isco, Luka Jovic or Martin Odegaard, and will logically be keen to show themselves in their best face. It should also be noted that the Merengues will be back in a freshly renovated Bernabéu, which will logically boost them and make the television product much better than when they played on the grounds of Valdebebas since the pandemic. As for Atlético, the big favorite, we expect Diego Simeone to continue the momentum of last season, with this new 3-5-2 and a slightly more fluid game on the offensive sequences. The arsenal that the Cholo will have available is in any case substantial, since depending on the starting eleven and while waiting for other recruits, we could find players of the caliber of Lemar, Kondogbia, Saul or Angel Correa on the bench of key. It will be particularly interesting to see how the Colchoneros will manage this favorite label with which they often have difficulty living together.

And elsewhere then? Because yes, a championship is not just about the leading teams. And if we can say that the merengo-blaugrana duo has weakened, at least on paper, this is not the case for all these clubs which are also the beauty of La Liga. Thus, the clubs that follow the three big locomotives have not weakened, and have even increased their numbers for some. We saw it on Wednesday evening in the European Super Cup against Chelsea: even with a slightly overhauled team, Villarreal remains an excellent team. Everything suggests that clubs like Real Sociedad, Seville, Betis or the Yellow Submarine will therefore be at least at the same level as last year, if not better, since they have bet on a certain stability by adding a few small reinforcements here and there. And we know it, if we talk about spectacle and competitiveness, La Liga is also dependent on the presence of players like Mikel Oyarzabal, Joan Jordan, Mikel Merino, Alex Isak, Gerard Moreno, Sergio Canales or even Lucas Ocampos. A middle-high class which therefore promises to be at a very high level, and which will be able to cause big problems for the two Madrid giants and Barça.

The return of the game, finally?

Even for the promoted, there will be things to see! The return of Rayo Vallecano, this very special club, logically inflames the most fervent La Liga fans, especially since Andoni Iraola, coach of the Madrid club, is considered one of the very best tacticians of the new Spanish generation. . What about Espanyol, which also has a good squad and talented young people like Javi Puado or Oscar Gil, whom we saw with the Spanish hopefuls this summer! And of course we have to talk about all those other thrill players who also make La Liga beautiful, even in second-tier clubs, like José Luis Morales (Levante), his teammates Jorge de Frutos or José Campaña , Chimy Avila and Budimir in Osasuna, Iker Muniain in Athletic, Luis Milla or Darwin Machís in Granada, and many more. It will also be interesting to see if Pepe Bordalas manages to revive a drifting Valencia team, or if his replacement at Getafe, Michel (former OM), will be able to impose his mark on it after the pretty transfer window of the Madrid suburban club.

But above all, the trend seems to be a little more positive than last year in terms of the game offered. It must be said that in recent years, fashion in Spain was above all looking for a certain balance, with very compact blocks. Far from the cliché of attacking football often conveyed when talking about Spanish football. Several teams are promising in any case, like Eduardo Coudet’s Celta, which also has not lost any of its best players and has even strengthened with Javi Galan and can count on Iago Aspas, Brais Mendez, Renato Tapia and company to delight every weekend. Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad and Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis are also among those teams that have some very interesting games in store for us. The arrival in Granada of Robert Moreno, the former coach and former Monaco, also seems to go in this direction. And the quality of the Spanish training promises us the discovery of new nuggets throughout the season, as was the case with Yeremi Pino of Villarreal or the own Pedri last season. Even if it is now Ligue 1 and Premier League fans who will benefit from Messi, Varane and Ramos, La Liga fans still have something to be hyped about!

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