Barcelona have won their third consecutive title at the Spanish Super Cup, and it’s now time to look forward to a new season of La Liga.
After their tenth Super Cup crown won in contentious circumstances, Barcelona will want to put the unpleasantness of the final game on Wednesday behind them, a match that saw several red cards awarded in the dying stages.
La Liga is set to kick off on Saturday, August 20th with Espanyol hosting newbies Granada at Cornella El Pratt and Real Zaragoza visitng Valencia to clash with Levante.
Barcelona will begin their La Liga campaign against a newly strengthened Málaga when the European champions and defending league champions will travel to La Rosaleda.
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Many teams have made changes to their squads this summer, with some of these changes appearing wasteful, while other changes would clearly strengthen the respective teams that embarked on signing new players.
In recent years, La Liga has been about two giant teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and 18 dwarfs. Some of the “dwarfs” will want to prove a point or two to the big two.
Barcelona’s first round rivals, Málaga , have made many brilliant summer signings, chief among whom are Osasuna left back Monreal , young Argentine Buonanotte, former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy, French midfielder Toulalan, defender Sergio Sánchez and wingers Santi Cazorla and Joaquín, and Dutch defender Mathijsen.
This week, Barcelona managed to close the deal with Arsenal for the services of Cesc Fabregas, for whom it is a fond homecoming to the team he spent his youth football days with. Another player who has joined Barca, along with Fabregas, is Alexis Sanchez.
Barca sold off their young players, Jeffren and Bojan, and agreed for a mutual termination of Milito’s contract.
Málaga have won just one of their last ten home matches against Barcelona, and that win came as long back as December 2003 on the back of hattrick by Salva Ballesta who was aided by a goal each from Alonso and Canabal, as the anchovies delivered a 5-1 thrashing to their Catalan opponents.
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