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Joao Felix, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann will be three of the star names in La Liga this season
Is Zinedine Zidane already under pressure? Will Gareth Bale play for Real Madrid? Will Neymar be returning to La Liga – and where would he fit if he does? Can Atletico Madrid challenge for the title after a summer of heavy spending?
It’s been an intriguing summer in Spain and the new season starts on Friday evening as champions Barcelona – probably without Lionel Messi – face Athletic Bilbao.From mammoth transfer spending to problems for Zidane and debate over kick-off times, we look at how the new La Liga season is shaping up… Trouble ahead at Real?”Zidane is worried” read a headline on a Marca column on Wednesday, four days before Real Madrid start their season with a trip to Celta Vigo.Why is Zidane worried? Where to start…You might think he would be relatively pleased to have spent over £200m this summer to bring in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, and defenders Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy.But there’s a name missing from that list: Paul Pogba. 2:13 Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren believes early season success will help to keep Paul Pogba at the club Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren believes early season success will help to keep Paul Pogba at the club The Manchester United midfielder has reportedly been Zidane’s top target this summer and it has been claimed that Zidane even promised Pogba he would bring him to Madrid. With the Premier League window now closed, meaning United couldn’t replace Pogba if they sold him, it looks unlikely that Zidane will get his wish.There is reportedly friction between Zidane and club president Florentino Perez over the failure to sign Pogba, while Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez remain at Real despite the head coach seemingly not wanting either in his team.Bale appeared to be set to leave Real and move to China but the deal was called off at the last minute. He then came off the bench in the final pre-season game against Roma and, asked about James and Bale afterwards, Zidane said: “I count on them 100 per cent.” The front pages of Spanish newspapers Marca and AS this week. Marca says ‘many doubts before the moment of truth’ and AS says ‘Zidane in the labyrinth’ What that means in terms of Bale’s first-team
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