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La Liga To Play Matches In America

A La Liga game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this year, but a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona remains out of the question.

The league has struck a 15-year deal with multinational media company Relevent Sports which will see matches played outside of a home country in a top European league for the first time ever.

The idea is start as early as the 2018/19 season with Barcelona and Real Madrid seen by authorities as the two clubs who will drive increased viewing figures in the competition.

Lopetegui: Derby Defeat Doesn’t Change Much

Julen Lopetegui declared Real Madrid’s 4-2 defeat to Atletico in the European Super Cup ‘doesn’t change our transfer policy much’.

“I don’t think it changes much of our transfer policy. It’s time to lift ourselves and start the League well,” Marca quoted the Coach as saying after the game.

He added, as per UEFA.com: “In a final, those who make the most errors often lose and Atleti are experts at taking advantage of that. When we were at our best they made it 2-2. We’ll pick ourselves up and carry on.

Diego Simeone hailed Atletico Madrid’s ‘excellent’ squad depth after watching his side finally beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in a European final.

“The substitutions were very good, they gave us extra energy and legs, Correa, Thomas and Vitolo. During an extraordinary night for Costa, they gave us extra strength,” said the Coach after Wednesday’s match in Tallinn reports UEFA.com.

“Clearly we have an excellent squad. That’s what we need – to have all the players ready and available to go.

“During recent Finals, a number of things didn’t go our way and prevented us winning.

Atletico Win UEFA Super Cup

Sergio Ramos and Diego Costa were back to their antagonising best in the UEFA Super Cup but it was a Saul wonder goal that made sure Atletico Madrid lifted the trophy.

The Spain midfielder smashed a volley past Keylor Navas from Thomas Partey’s cross in extra-time to leave Diego Simeone celebrating in the main stand of the Tallin’s tiny national stadium.

He has said in the past that nothing will make up for Atletico losing two Champions League finals against their bitter rivals but this was minor revenge with Real Madrid looking ragged at times, suggesting they have paid the price for not strengthening in the summer after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.

All 20 teams of LaLiga have completed their pre-season matches and Espanyol were the team who had the most successful run, coming out with a win in all six of their games.

Only Real Betis have managed more wins than the Catalan side and that is only due to their additional games played.

With three goals each, Borja Iglesias and Sergi Darder were Espanyol’s top scorers.

Espanyol have not been involved in much transfer business, as the coach Rubi has the utmost confidence in his squad and especially his two strikers upfront.

Meet La Liga New Boys Huesca

La Liga has another Cinderella side in the mix this season. Fairytale club Huesca are ready for their first ever season in the top flight and it promises to be emotional.

They have managed to add 2,000 seats to their 5,300 capacity ground – although refurbishment will mean they have to play their first three games away.

They have also been able to hang on to the 19-year-old Colombian striker, Cucho Hernandez, who they borrowed from Watford last season.

And they have loaned another forward, Ruben Semedo, currently out on bail for attempted murder and the unlicensed possession of a firearm.

Lopetegui Continues To Talk Up Gareth Bale

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gareth Bale and is confident the Welsh forward will fill the void left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Prolific striker Ronaldo moved to Juventus in July and Madrid have not signed a replacement, with the onus on Bale to become the team’s key figure after he struck twice in the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

‘We love that (Bale) is with us. He is so motivated with a lot of hope and he’s been working well since the beginning of the season,’ Lopetegui told reporters on the eve of Real’s UEFA Super Cup showdown with Europa League holders and city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn.

Julen Lopetegui will select Keylor Navas to start in goal for Real Madrid in the Super Cup final, meaning €40 million goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will watch from the sidelines.

According to media reports, Navas was always going to play in Talinn, even if Los Blancos landed Courtois.

Navas has been No 1 for Lopetegui throughout pre-season and played in the Champions League final win against Liverpool back in May.

It means supporters who have made the six-hour trip to Estonia will be forced to wait even longer to see their latest big recruit in action.

The triumphant return of Rodrigo is an indication of the growing strength of the Atlético Madrid academy, which is typically given little attention compared to those of rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Atlético are reported to have paid around €20 million to bring Rodrigo back to the capital, the midfielder having developed into a Spain international during his time at Villarreal.

And Rodrigo’s return comes at the ideal time as he slots in as the ideal replacement for Gabi, the club captain having departed for Al Sadd at the age of 35 following Atléti’s Europa League triumph.

Is Atletico Madrid The Best Team In Spain?

This was supposed to be the summer when had to watch unveiled as new No 7 (they were keeping the shirt number for him especially) and maybe see Jan Oblak swan off to too.

Instead Griezmann stayed and so did Oblak despite Chelsea’s willingness to pay his buy-out clause.

And not only was Diego Simeone able to keep his best players he also welcomed Monaco flier , Villarreal midfielder Rodri, Milan striker Nikola Kalinic and Sporting winger Gelson Martins.

The underdog narrative might not come so easy to him this season – make no mistake: This Atletico Madrid side can win La Liga.