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Spanish La Liga Predictions

Posted by Sports Snob on August 26, 2006

The season starts now:

With the curtain raiser to the Spanish La liga season now behind us, We can look forward to the new season in Spain with a few new contenders and changes from the previous season. Barcelona strolled to their second straight championship last time, also accumulating a horde of trophies and individual awards. But this time around liga has undergone a makeover and mostly in the Castillon region of Spain. Their two clubs- Real and Atletico- have invested heavily in players but their biggest signings have been that of their coaches. Having said that few would bet against a Barcelona especially after a particularly productive offseason, during which they had taken advantage of the bargain sale at Juventus. The new season has a familiar feeling but the fresh talent makes it very interesting for me, making it easily the best league in the world.

Now for at closer look at the la liga season:

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4) Valencia: Valencia have spent big in the summer, welcoming Tavano and Morientes in what will be a talented frontline. They have recently snapped up the talented winger Joaquin from Betis. The problem remains in defence where they have lost Carboni and Aerelio and also have a very disgruntled Ayala to start with. Valencia have added Asier Del horno to make up for the losses but Pablo Aimar has jumped ship to Zaragoza in a total surprise.
Positives: Joaquin, Morientes, Manager Quique Flores and Tavano
Negatives: Defence and an aging goal keeper.
Star player for the season: David Villa

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3) Atletico Madrid: I’m expecting big things from Atletico Madrid, mainly because they have signed La Liga’s most underrated coach in Javier Aguirre. He will be the one to watch along with latest Argentine import Sergio Aguero. And although I’m not a big fan of his, Fernando Torres could bag atleast 20 goals this year. What many dont know is that Atletico have the most solid defence in la liga. They have a player who could well be the best defender in the world in Luis Perea. They have added Pernea (scored 10 goals last year for Getafe) as a left back and collectively it is the best defence in la liga.

Positives: Sergio Aguero, Maxi Rodriguez, Luis Perea
Negatives: Midfield not the most creative
Star Player for the season: Sergio Aguero

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2)Real Madrid: No club has undergone as big a transition as has Real Madrid. There has been a change in President, coaches and in half the starting lineup. New players in include Emerson and Cannavaro from Juventus and Diarra from Lyon. Also, they have got Van Nistelrooy from United. As we speak, Madrid are still trying to get Kaka to the Bernabeu. The galactico ethos has been abandoned for a more pragmatic approach and that is Capello’s USP. Dont expect the most fluent football, but expect better results from this new outfit.

Positives: Capello
Negatives: Fans(impatient), Raul(the powers that be wont wont him out though his performances merit that)
Star Player for the season: Ruud Van Nistelrooy

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1) Barcelona: In the offseason, The best got better. The Catalans have added Lillian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta- both steeled in the rigors of Italian football. The catalans may miss the finishing of Larsson, but the silky skills of Eidur Gudjohnsen may more than compensate. Pre-season form has been ominous, including the most attractive display of attacking football in years in the first half of the Gamper trophy against Bayern Munich (whom they thrashed 4-0). The sky is the limit for this team and at present no team in Europe can match them for flamboyance and productivity.

Positives: Rijkaard, Messi and Ronaldinho
Negatives: Eto’o (his outbursts would annoy even the most passionate cule)
Star Player for the season: Messi

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8 Responses to “Spanish La Liga Predictions”

  1. Barca just got thumped …that oughtta hurt..

    I guess Sevilla have to be treated as a contender from hereon. I caught parts of the match and they were outstanding. Barca with their full strength team looked out of sorts, but maybe its because of too much football.

  2. Oh yeah.. that did hurt. But did it hurt more than the 3-0 thumping real madrid got at the bernabeu last year….i dont think so.

    Anyways Sevilla were by far the better team. I hope the result was a blip

    V

  3. Ravi said

    its atletico madrid and not athletico. and what on earth is a “cule”?

  4. V said

    The error is regretted…..
    A cule is a barca fan. they are called los cules. Interestingly, it means ‘arses’ in catalan. An endearing term nonetheless. For the full funda u can check out wikipedia…

  5. Kesavan said

    Saw Real’s match yesterday, last couple of seasons they were missing a Makelele, and now they are missing a Zidane, not enough creativity in the midfield.

    Sevilla (was my opinion even before they thrashed Barca) and Villareal might also end up in the top 4.

  6. Lena said

    Real played very boring football thanks to Capello’s cantenaccio style.

  7. Soccer Spot said

    I like the predictions, but I have to agree with Kesevan that Sevilla will win one of the Champions League spots, especially after they outmanned Barca and Levante (though the latter is anything but a surprise).

    I don’t think Villareal have it in them to honestly challenge for a spot, especially now that Juan P has left. Despite Juan P not being all that fantastic as a player (and one who can’t seem to remember his position…he just straggles across the field like an unorganized and crazy-haired libero), he strikes me as a good team leader.

    I think we’ll see a Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla finish to the season, which is probably regrettable from the point of view of the neutral observer. It would be nice to see Osasuna or Getafe really get up there, but they’ll vie for UEFA Cup spots at best along with Villareal, Atletico, and hopefully Betis (but that’s probably just wishful thinking and rememberances of things past).

  8. Pon Nirmal Kumar N said

    I think this time REAL might win La Liga..
    barca might be overconfident so u never know they might slip up..

    lets see
    -Nirmal

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