Friday, September 22, 2023

La Liga raises the curtain still pending on the transfer market

The 2023-2024 season of the renowned LaLiga EA Sports will begin this Friday with Barcelona defending the title won with great authority last season and with Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid starting once again in the theoretical first line of candidates that They will try to make things more complicated for you.

Almería-Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla-Valencia will launch the 2023-2024 Leaguewhich on its first day already offers the visit of Real Madrid to San Mamés and that of Barcelona to Getafe, to start their defense of the title, amid all the doubts generated by a market that is still open for possible arrivals and departures.

With a new name and new image, LaLiga EA Sports starts waiting to clarify the future of a good number of players and, in the same way as a year ago, with the proper name of Kylian Mbappé in the orbit of Real Madrid. The French striker is still separated at PSG for not renewing his contract. The market closes on September 1st.

With fewer signings than other yearss, the competition starts with new faces like the Turks Ilkay Gundögan (Barcelona) and Çaglar Soyuncu (Atlético de Madrid) or the British Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid); the return of classics such as Rafa Benítez, Celta’s new coach, César Azpilicueta, now atlético or Marc Bartra, again from Betic, and farewells such as David Silva due to injury or those of “emigrants” such as Sergio Canales, Sergio Busquets or Jordi Alba .

The Almería field, which suffered until the last day to ensure permanence, will be the one that will put the ball into play this Friday, now with Vicente Moreno on his bench after Rubi’s resignation. With the recent reinforcement of Dion Lopy from Senagales, he will receive the Rayo Vallecano, who also debuts coach with Francisco Rodríguezafter the golden age of Andoni Iraola and his march to the English Bournemouth.

The other early game will be Sevilla-Valencia, a duel between two teams that suffered a lot in the last league, although the Andalusians closed the season with their seventh Europa League, led by Jose Luis Mendilibarhis third coach in the last season.

The Basque coach has the loss of the French center-back Tanguy Nianzou to receive the R teamubén Baraja, who had to fight to avoid relegation and who starts with a very limited squad after seven farewells, including the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, and the only signing of midfielder José Luis García, Pepelu, from Levante.

On Saturday, Real Madrid will come into action, League runner-up, who have beaten Milan and Manchester United and lost to Barcelona and Juventus in their league preparation. The eleven of the Italian Carlo Ancelotti will premiere in San Mamés without the injured Thibaut Courtois, Dani Ceballos and the Turkish Arda Güllersigning this year.

San Mamés receives them after drawing with Manchester United, without the injured Yeray Álvarez, Yuri Berchiche, Dani Garcia and Alex Berenguerin a preseason in which Ernesto Valverde’s men have celebrated a victory in six games.

Also on Saturday, Real Sociedad-Girona and the duel Las Palmas-Mallorca will be played, which will the return of the grancanarios to the highest category after five years, with the reinforcements of striker Munir El Haddadi and right-back Julián Araujo.

The yellow eleven of Francisco Javier García Pimienta will make its debut before the one led by the Mexican Javier Aguirrewith novelties such as Larín (Valladolid), Toni Lato (Valencia), Omar Mascarell (Elche) and the Belgian Siebe Van der Heyden (Royale Union Saint Gilloise).

In San Sebastian Imanol Alguacil’s Real dreams of a season like the lastwhich starts before another team that reached its maturity with Míchel Sánchez at the helm. The Catalans have won 5 of 6 games in preseason, the last against Lazio, with the debut of Ukrainian striker Artem Dovbyk.

Sunday will be the debut of Barcelona in Getafe, after taking the Gamper against Tottenham, with an exhibition of his new sap. Yaminel Lamal, Fermín López and Ez Adbe, as well as Ansu Fati led the comeback for Xavi Hernández’s men in 15 minutes (4-2).

Getafe awaits with their homework done in their preseason, but pending the future of Sergi Altimira, Betis’ target, and with Mauro Arambarri and Luis Milla injured.

The return of Rafa Benítez to the Spanish league Seven years after leaving Real Madrid, he adds interest to Celta-Osasuna in Vigo, where the coach is building a project in the year of the centenary of the Galician club, which he hopes will still incorporate a goalkeeper and a striker.

Opposite will be the eleven of Jagoba Arrasate, great revelation with the last Cup runner-up and their qualification for the Europa League, which in preseason has linked five wins and two losses.

Villarreal and Betis, who finished the last League by 4 points, will face each other with many local novelties and with the loss of the Portuguese William Carvalho due to injury to the coach Manuel Pellegrini, who faces his fourth stage at Betis. The Chilean has already made history by qualifying him three times in a row for a European competition.

The other promoted teams, Alavés and Granada, will postpone their debut at Cádiz and Atlético de Madrid until Monday the 14th. Still impacted by the serious injury suffered by Giuliano Simeone in the friendly with Buros, Those of Luis García Plaza visit a rival who celebrates his fourth consecutive campaign in the First Division after much trouble.

The Metropolitan will celebrate the start of the new project of Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone. New faces, such as César Azpilicueta, Soyuncu and Javi Galán, and other well-known ones such as Samuel Lino and Rodrigo Riquelme they prop up a team that starts hungry for titles against the bet of Granada, led by Paco López, on his return to the First Division a year later.


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