The Spanish League or La Liga starts the Friday! Below is our preview of the season ahead full with transfers, manager comings and goings and of course Messi and Ronaldo.
The Big Boys - Real and Barcelona:
Over the summer both sides have been busy. But Real Madrid have named a new man to manage the side in Rafael Benitez, coming in for Ancelotti. While bringing in Danilo from Porto and Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan. While Casillas left to Porto and Sami Khedira leaving to Juventus. Many are keen how Benitez's new philosophy fits with the Madrid squad but Bale is expected to have more prominent role.
On the other hand, Barcelona have stuck with their manager (as expected) after he won the triple in his first season. Barcelona haven't been too busy in the transfer window but have managed to secure the signings of Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan while letting Xavi leave on a free and loaning Montoya out to Inter Milan. Last year's strike force was lethal scoring over 120 goals between Messi, Neymar and Suarez and this season no doubt Luis Enrique will hope to use them to devastating effect.
Big Ins and Outs:
One of the biggest players to join La Liga this year is Jackson Martinez who joins Atlético Madrid from Porto, while Mario Mandzukic leaves Atléti for Juventus. Iago Aspas is looking to revitalise his career at the club he started at in Celta moving from Sevilla. Meanwhile Uruguayan Emiliano Velázquez has had his loan deal extended at Getafe from Atletico for another year. Speedy winger/left back Juan Carlos has been loaned to Malaga from Braga. Gael Kakuta has now finished his time at Chelsea and moved to Sevilla, just as Roberto Saldado finishes his time at Spurs returning to Villareal.
It's well known that Barcelona and Real will mount huge attacks this season with two of the best attacks in the World let alone La Liga. However, the defensive plays of the sides is something both Benitez and Enrique will be hoping to improve. While doing alot of business this window Simeone's Atléti will be a team to watchout for. As Negredo has made his to Valencia permanent and Saldado moving back to Villareal both sides will also be mancing prospects. This year Pepe Mel's Real Betis have made the step up to La Lgia and will be fighting to retain their place in Spain's top flight, while Sporting Gijon and Las Palmas also make the move.
Messi and Ronaldo:
The two best players in the World. Messi and Ronaldo will be looking to break even more records than last year and ofcourse La Liga is the ideal place for them to do it. Both of their sides have added to their squad and will likely try to get the best out of the two, who always add something special to La Liga.
The La Liga season is less than three days away and starts this Friday with Malaga vs Sevilla.