MADRID, August 11 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The 2022-2023 LaLiga Santander season begins this Friday at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona, the starting point for the first game of a season in which Real Madrid will defend a title won by renewed FC Barcelona and an Atlético de threatened Madrid, which wants to return to “fight”.
Osasuna and Sevilla will be in charge of raising the curtain on a national championship that ends later than usual in early June due to the World Cup celebrations in Qatar, which will halt the competition from November 10 to the last days of the year. A break that can play a key role in the development of a league that is exciting again despite the arrival of some new players, with the exception of Poland’s Robert Lewandowski.
Real Madrid this time will try to successfully defend its throne, which it has not managed to do since the double in 2007 and 2008, although it has been very regular in the last three years, with two titles (2020 and 2022) and a second place in which it came up with options for the last day.
With Carlo Ancelotti reinforced after his successful return to the bench, with very few touch-ups, Antonio Rüdiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, and with the “disgust” of not finally being able to bring Kylian Mbappé, he will look to take his win and The expert block, led by Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr., once again shows its competitive character in a very busy season, which will certainly not be as “comfortable” as the last one, in which it dominated with practically no undue problems.
And FC Barcelona decided to strengthen themselves strongly to be back in the front row of all competitions. Activating their economic levers has allowed Joan Laporta and Mateu Alemany to offer Xavi Hernández a top-flight team to fight for everything again after a tough year in white.
The Terrassa man will have his first full season with a squad that includes Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in the top nine in Europe. Along with him, promising Brazilian Raphinha and a bigger backlog with the additions of Jules Koundé and Andreas Christensen raise the level of an ambitious Barça looking to regain the national level it lost in the pandemic campaign.
Atlético Madrid also wants to be on the list of candidates, which, in addition to the return of Álvaro Morata, entrusts almost everything to the block that they built up last year and only touched up with the signings of Belgian Axel Witsel and Argentinian Nahuel Molina , where it ended up being like that looks like he’s staying after his good preseason.
Waiting for Joao Felix to finally explode and for Antoine Griezmann to regain the level of his first stage, Diego Pablo Simeone’s men hope to be closer to his two main rivals than last season when he was 15 points behind Real Madrid and them re-harass as much as possible.
SEVILLE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO BE A PROTAGONIST
Behind the three theoretical main contenders, the next group has been leveled with the aim of reaching fourth place, which gives access to the Champions League and which, like in recent years, should be vacant.
Sevilla, who have lost two key figures such as Jules Koundé and Diego Carlos and cling to the illusion of Isco’s arrival, are hoping to be the ones to fight the battle they have won in recent seasons, threatened by their neighbor Betis, with the Raised the bar after a great last season in which he won the Copa del Rey.
Real Sociedad, who will start the league without his reference, Mikel Oyarzabal, who is still recovering from his serious knee injury, and Villarreal will also try to be in this European “train” in which an Athletic club once again confides in order to To inspire Ernesto Valverde and a Valencia that starts its umpteenth project under the direction of Gennaro Gattuso.
Celta, with internal problems due to the cases of Denis Suárez and Santi Mina, and Getafe have strengthened themselves well to look more up than down, just like Espanyol, who are attached to their partner Raúl de Tomás-Joselu and their new coach Diego Martinez holds. to aim for more ambitious goals.
Osasuna will continue to want to prove its solvency since returning to the first division and will continue without problems in a permanence that, as always, will be very close with Elche, Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca, Cádiz and the “new” tenants of the competition : UD Almeria, Real Valladolid and Girona.