What a season it has just been for Spain’s La Liga. The 2016/17 campaign offered all the usual thrills and spills along with an historic double for Real Madrid. Los Blancos lifted the Champion’s League trophy again but more importantly for them secured victory for the first time in five years in the League too.
2016/17 Season Review
Although effective all season, Zinedine Zidane did have to answer questions over his team’s form especially early in the campaign but they came through in the end in some style. As to be expected, Barcelona was chasing hard behind them and eventually lost out by just three points. While Lionel Messi had a brilliant season and finished the League’s top scorer, Barca didn’t help their cause with poor results to teams lower in La Liga.
Below these two giants were Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. Atletico finished in a distant third with 78 points in what was ultimately a disappointing season for them while Sevilla ended in fourth and can be pleased with what they achieved.
At the other end, Granada, Sporting Gijon and Osasuna all had poor campaigns and ended up being relegated. They couldn’t complain as all had been below the required standard and even eight Coaches between them couldn’t help.
But what will happen in Spain next season?
2017/18 Season Predictions
The big question on everyone’s lip is if Real Madrid can hang onto the title. On the face of it, that would seem possible with Zidane proving a capable trainer and the depth of squad at his disposal. Players such as Isco have also come to the fore this season so, with a few new additions, they should do well.
There is, however, one big concern for them – Ronaldo leaving. Undoubtedly one of Madrid’s best players and a talismanic figure, this is a big blow and may see other big names following him out of the door.
This will naturally delight Barcelona who are the next most likely to take the league crown if Madrid doesn’t. With Messi enjoying life at the Nou Camp and players such as Neymar and Pique lighting the
It seems likely that one of those will take the title in 2017/18. The only team that might spoil the party is Atletico Madrid. Buoyed by the likelihood of Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann staying put, they may use this and the disappointing 2016/17 season as motivation to come back stronger.
At the bottom of the table, you would have to worry most about Leganes. Newly promoted last season into La Liga, they hung on mainly as the three teams that went down instead of them were so appalling! They need to do some serious recruiting in summer 2017 or will face an uphill struggle again.
Getting involved with La Liga 2017/18
Although it might not seem like it, the new season will soon be underway and what better way to experience it as a fan than by getting more involved? Lots of bet sites UK offer several ways to bet on your favourite team and see if your predictions for how the league will pan out are true. Test yourself against the real La Liga bosses and see if you can call how a game will go.
La Liga is one of Europe’s top Leagues with its mix of skill and action. While Real Madrid and Barcelona tend to dominate, there are plenty of unexpected results and other teams to cheer on that make it worth following still. The 2017/18 season promises to be another cracker so get involved!