Zidane Condoles With Victims Of Barcelona Attack

Ruben Hill
August 20, 2017

Beyond Real Madrid and Barca, we can count the following as realistic contenders for those four berths: Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal, and Real Sociedad.

All in all, this Barcelona team looks like their worst since 2007-08, the last season before Pep Guardiola came in to revolutionise an underperforming team. Asensio scored a screamer in the first league too.

The loss at the Santiago Bernabeu sealed a 5-1 aggregate win for Real, prompting defender Gerard Pique to remark that he felt inferior to Madrid for the first time in a decade.

The young Spanish global has scored a selection of long ranger wondergoals since netting a stunner on his Real Madrid debut against Sevilla just over one year ago in the UEFA Super Cup.

The summer has proven to be a tough ask already for Valverde, but the quality still available in Barca's ranks suggests that the coach has plenty at his disposal in order to get things right this term.

He also said Brazil worldwide Paulinho, who was unveiled on Thursday after completing a 40 million euro move from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, needed more time to adapt before playing for his new side.

The 29-year-old is also not about to write off Barca's chances of producing another memorable El Clasico comeback, declaring: "We don't give up the trophy as lost. It won't be easy, but we're prepared for the challenge". Deportivo La Coruna host Los Blancos at Estadio Riazor, with the visitors high on confidence and momentum ahead of the tie.

A stunning goal from starlet Marco Asensio and another from Karim Benzema in the first half put Real on their way to another title.

Usually, Barcelona is the team known for having the best midfield attack in Spain and even the world.

"I have a spectacular squad".

We can also say Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, and Real Sociedad are in the lineup of most successful team as next to the Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid. He can turn defense into attack within seconds, which really suits Madrid's direct style of play.

"I remember that Neymar that match was sanctioned".

As Madrid has gotten stronger, its challengers have gotten weaker. So far, the only post-Neymar signing is Paulinho, a midfielder.

At some point it seemed as though any Depor player, whatever their talent, could enjoy a fine afternoon against a shockingly disappointing Real Madrid. Lionel Messi was the only player challenging the Real squad, getting forward.

Atletico Madrid, which has finished third for three straight years since winning the title in 2014, can't sign new players until January because it broke Federation Internationale de Football Association rules regarding youth players.

Villarreal could be a team to watch.

Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, two Basque Country clubs, should again challenge for fifth- and sixth-place finishes and a Europa League spot, while Valencia hopes to end years of mediocrity under new coach Marcelino Garcia. After signing he was loaned back to Mallorca for the rest of the season.

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