La Liga Returns: Where We Left Off

The football famine is over as Spain’s top flight, La Liga, is set to return Thursday, June 11 after a long layoff due to current events. Resuming with Matchday 28, this weekend includes a full round of games and action-packed fields as the league prepares for a July 19 final day.

There’s a lot to expect and to anticipate as the games progress, and no one is for certain how the season will end. What we do know, however, is that between Barcelona in first place and Espanyol in 20th place, there is a desire for the top in between.

Playing in empty stadiums is not exactly the same as playing surrounded by the wave of cheering of fans. However, La Liga is one of the most sought-after championships in the football world, and its return will undoubtedly be a success of great importance.

The Title Race

In the top two of the Spanish championship stand Barcelona and Real Madrid who are head to head aiming of the title. During the penultimate game before all sporting events stopped, Barcelona were defeated by Madrid with 2-0. The week after Madrid lost to Betis, while Barca recuperated and won to Real Sociedad, making them ready for the restart of the league with two points ahead.

Barcelona have another advantage at their side; Lionel Messi, the league’s top scorer.  During the past 15 seasons, 10 of these were won by the team with Messi. However, the recent injury scare to Messi was a big concern to the team, but it’s supposed to be not as serious as the media has pictured it to be. So far, there are a lot of things going well for Barca, but the team’s manager Quique Setién has voiced his concerns regarding the new rules that allows only five substitutes per team. This might ruin the team’s usual possession-based strategy.  

Madrid seem to have it easy getting back into the season, but there’s still room for mishaps especially with trips to Real Sociedad and Athletic Club that are looking particularly delicate. If we are realistic, they would probably need to win all their upcoming games to win first title. With some construction and renovations taking place at the Bernabéu, their home games will now be played at the the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano. This change of scenery could result in an advantage for them, as this is the pitch the players use for their training, and thus might get into the actual games more at ease.

The Race to the Top

With the Champions League having only two positions left to be taken, there are five teams in the run to make these theirs. The competition is even higher as there are only five points that separate them all.

With 47 points stand Sevilla, who seemed to have found their balance just before the hiatus of sporting events, after Youssef En-Nesyri scored his team some important goals during January. They might need him now more than ever to continue collecting points if they want to keep their position.

Real Sociedad stand behind Sevilla with 46 points, who were really picking up their pace before the intermission of the league. They will need to rediscover their moves from the outset in order to keep the competition going.

Getafe stand at level on points with Real Sociedad and will need to rediscover their consistency that left them last season and prove their skills if they want to make the cut after getting defeated by Valencia during the last season. They need to up their game if they want to make it to the Champions League for the first time in their team’s history.

With 45 points there’s Atlético Madrid, who were all over the place during the first season managing to obtain only 31 goals. However, this layoff might have come in their best interest as the club has now signed João Félix. To not be able to make it to the Champions League would be hard on the team who have not missed a spot in this competition in eight years straight. To miss their chance to make it to the Championship would not only be hard financially but also hard on their reputation after the hard-won status they have gained by making their name known throughout Europe.

Valencia sit behind Atlético with 42 points. However, they do have an outside chance of making it into the Champions League, yet their incredibly erratic and unpredictable nature might work against them.

June Fixtures

June 11
Sevilla v. Real Betis

June 12
Granada v. Getafe
Valencia v. Levante

June 13
Espanyol v. Alaves
Celta Vigo v. Villarreal
Leganes v. Valladolid
Mallorca v. Barcelona

June 14
Athletic Bilbao v. Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid v. Eibar
Real Sociedad v. Osasuna

June 15
Levante v. Sevilla
Real Betis v. Granada

June 16
Getafe v. Espanyol
Villarreal v. Mallorca
Barcelona v. Leganes

June 17
Valladolid v. Celta Vigo
Eibar v. Athletic Bilbao
Osasuna v. Atletico Madrid

June 18
Alaves v. Real Sociedad
Real Madrid v. Valencia

June 21
Mallorca v. Leganes
Athletic Bilbao v. Real Betis
Granada v. Villarreal
Sevilla v. Barcelona
Getafe v. Eibar
Atletico Madrid v. Valladolid
Real Sociedad v. Real Madrid
Valencia v. Osasuna
Espanyol v. Levante
Celta Vigo v. Alaves

June 24
Real Betis v. Espanyol
Villarreal v. Sevilla
Real Madrid v. Mallorca
Valladolid v. Getafe
Alaves v. Osasuna
Real Sociedad v. Celta Vigo
Eibar v. Valencia
Barcelona v. Athletic Bilbao
Leganes v. Granada
Levante v. Atletico Madrid

June 28
Levante v. Real Betis
Osasuna v. Leganes
Celta Vigo v. Barcelona
Villarreal v. Valencia
Athletic Bilbao v. Mallorca
Granada v. Eibar
Atletico Madrid v. Alaves
Espanyol v. Real Madrid
Sevilla v. Valladolid
Getafe v. Real Sociedad

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