La Liga 2019-20: Revamped Atletico, Real Madrid will try to hold off rampant Barcelona

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Barcelona are eyeing their third successive Spanish League title. (Source: Reuters)A week after football action kicked off with the Premier League and Ligue 1, it is time for the Spanish football season to start. After a disastrous pre-season for Real Madrid, there remains a big question mark over whether Los Blancos would be able to challenge the reigning champions Barcelona or endure another disastrous domestic season.

While Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid are favourites to be the top contenders, Valencia, Sevilla and Real Betis are expected to compete for a top-four finish in the 2019/20 season.
Biggest contenders this year
Lionel Messi’s side had a near-perfect season, finishing 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico. The Catalonia club has only grown stronger in domestic competitions, winning eight league titles in 11 years and four out of five Copa del Reys, even though Champions League glory has eluded them since 2015.
Ernesto Valverde’s side, who are eyeing third back-to-back La Liga title, continue to be the favourites this year, with their campaign fuelled by the addition of Antoine Griezmann in the fourth-most expensive transfer in the world. The defending champions are, however, set to be without their captain and ‘Messiah’ Messi due to a muscle injury when they begin their title defence away to Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Barcelona finally got their hands on Antoine Griezmann. (Source: Reuters)Meanwhile, Real Madrid have had a busy transfer season, with coach Zinedine Zidane attempting to build a team that can bounce back from two back-to-back embarrassing domestic campaigns. Even though Zidane’s return as the manager has not been able to en

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