The time has come. No more waiting. LaLiga is back with Osasuna and Sevilla getting the season underway on Friday while the rest of the teams will play their first games over the weekend.
Real Madrid, who are the 2022 UEFA Super Cup champions after defeating Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0) in Helsinki, will look to defend their title after winning their 35th league championship last season, while archrivals Barcelona will attempt to wrest the trophy from the capital with a new squad that seems to have brought back hope to their fans.
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Since the exit of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two players who shared the Spanish spotlight, La Liga has failed to produce the game’s top two goalscorers, one at each of its marquee clubs. Robert Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona from Munich, coupled with Karim Benzema’s sustained prime at Real Madrid as he hits his mid-30s will lend a new layer to El Clásico, create a furious battle for the Pichichi and bring back eyeballs to a league whose stature has slipped some in the struggle for European and global dominance.
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SuperSport is the only place where you can get English commentary on the legendary La Liga, where the headline fixture sees Real Madrid begin the defense of their title with a trip to Estadio de Los Juegos Mediterraneos (also known as the Power Horse Stadium) to face newly-promoted Almeria on Sunday night.
Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti has already identified Barcelona as likely title rivals this season and has urged his team not to rest on their laurels after a brilliant 2021-22 season in which they captured both La Liga and UEFA Champions League crowns.
“In football, I'm not surprised at all,” said the Italian tactician. “Barca is building a fantastic team, but I'm interested in my team. You always have to respect Barca.”
Barcelona’s continuing evolution under manager Xavi Hernandez, which has seen them bring in Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, Robert Lewandowski, and Jules Kounde, will have its first competitive test when they face Rayo Vallecano at home on Saturday night.
“I want to have two starting players for every position,” said Xavi. “That is a good problem to have. Last year, we had a small squad. We’re happy to have a more complete squad now.”
Another team to watch this season is Sevilla, who couldn’t quite challenge for the title last season but remain a resourceful and ambitious club. Los Nervionenses will open the new La Liga season with a clash away to Osasuna on Friday night.
“We have to draw conclusions from our pre-season, we have had some tough games, but we were able to learn lessons that will be important for the start of the season,” said manager Julen Lopetegui.
The opening round also features Villarreal away to Real Valladolid, Valencia at home to Girona, Athletic Bilbao welcoming Mallorca to the Basque region, and Atletico Madrid with a derby clash away to Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Monday evening.
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La Liga broadcast details, 12-15 August 2022
All times CAT
Friday 12 August
21:00: Osasuna v Sevilla – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 3 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
Saturday 13 August
17:00: Celta Vigo v Espanyol – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
19:00: Real Valladolid v Villarreal – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
21:00: Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 3 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
Sunday 14 August
17:30: Cadiz v Real Sociedad – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
19:30: Valencia v Girona – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3, and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
22:00: Almeria v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3, SuperSport GOtv Football, and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
Monday 15 August
17:30: Athletic Bilbao v Mallorca – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3, and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
19:30: Getafe v Atletico Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3, and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
21:30: Real Betis v Elche – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 3, SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
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