This weekend LaLiga 2021/2022 started, but with only one match day played and with the transfer market still open, it is difficult to establish how the teams will finish. Even so, it is nice to do a prediction exercise of how the leaderboard will look based on the information we have today, in order to see how results compare when the championship is over. We are going to put our table in order of classification, the first being the one who will win the championship and the last three being the ones who would be relegated to the second division.
Despite their bad previous season, they came close to winning the championship last season. In the current one, with Ancelotti, the Italian coach seems to have reactivated important players who did not give their best performance, and it is also possible that some signings will arrive to complete the squad, which I think will make them add more points than last year. He will have another great fight for the title against Atlético de Madrid, but he will end up prevailing.
Atlético de Madrid has the best squad in the championship, but the feeling it gives is that its ceiling is the one seen last season. Therefore, in view of the fact that Real Madrid will improve, I believe that they will not be able to revalidate the title. Even so, he will be fighting until the end and if the white team does not measure up, he will take advantage of the situation to proclaim himself champion.
Barça without Messi is still a great team, but it is hard to believe that it can fight for the title, since the team was highly conditioned by the Argentine. Without him, they will have to adapt to a new way of playing, so this is expected to be a transitional season for the Catalans. In addition, Leo was a differential player who scored points in very difficult matches that ended up giving Barça the title. There are serious doubts that there is such a player in the current squad, so the third place is expected.
Sevilla ended last season fighting La Liga until almost the last days. There is a large step in the squad between Sevilla and those who could be their pursuers, so if everything goes as expected it will be fourth. He has made good incorporations and has players in a great state of form, so it is easier for the Nervión team to look up to try to materialize the sorpasso to one of the big three, or even the three, to think that they could be lower.
The yellow submarine had one of the best seasons in its history when it was proclaimed champion of the EL, which will allow them to play the Champions League and continue to grow as a team thanks to the income generated by the competition. This season it seems very complicated that they can fight for fourth place, but they should tie up the fifth place that would allow them to play in EL and continue to improve.
Valencia CF has been a sleeping giant for a few years and this season with Bordalás everything indicates that good results will return to Mestalla. They have very promising young players and a solid base of high-level footballers like Gayà, Paulista, Soler or Guedes who could play for any team that plays in European competitions. Since this year they only have to focus on La Liga, you can take the opportunity to focus and try to take advantage of the fatigue of your rivals to finish in European places.
In Spain, the seventh place on many occasions can also give a place to play European competitions, it all depends on how the Copa del Rey ends. I think that Betis will be the one that finishes seventh, it can even finish higher, because the project with Pellegrini began to carbure in the second half of the last championship and with the same numbers, it can finish higher this year. They have players of tremendous quality such as Canales and Fekir, and much of their success will depend on the scoring result of Borja Iglesias.
Real Sociedad has been showing a great game but also a lack of regularity. In the past seasons there has been little competition, as there have been teams that have not performed better than expected, but this season the competition promises to be fierce and if they do not manage to find greater regularity, added to the fact that they will play three competitions, it can cause them to end up staying out. of European posts.
Celta de Vigo finished last season at a high level of games and results, so it will be in the fight for European positions. The problem is that the team depends too much on Iago Aspas and an injury that separates him several games, could cause Celta to chain a bad streak and move away. It is a team that needs to continue growing but is in the right direction.
We already know Athletic’s transfer policy, which causes it to go through transitional stages in which it may miss more talented players because their region has not produced them. This season it seems that it will be one of those, although Marcelino, his coach, will exploit his qualities to the maximum and we will see a solid team capable of fighting against anyone. It is probably one of the teams that draws the most matches, which will end up weighing you down.
The Nasrid team has lost its coach, the architect of the promotion and the historic European classification. Luckily, he leaves a very well-built team, with high-level players, who will surely keep Granada in first place without trouble. The team will not have to play in European competition this season so it will be able to focus without problems on La Liga, and who knows if it will surprise us again.
The Catalan team fell unexpectedly two seasons ago, but luckily they were able to maintain the block and this season they have returned to the elite. The passage through the second division has made them strong and this season they will not be in trouble. They have high-quality players like Raúl de Tomás, Puado or Darder and they have made good signings in the rear, so they have a squad capable of competing against anyone.
Getafe went through a bump last season in which they were flirting with relegation places but ended up sparingly spared and this season promises to once again be the solid team they have always been. Even so, it seems difficult to repeat the great results of previous seasons, as they have lost some very valuable players.
Paco López’s team has a humble squad but with several high-level players such as Roger, Morales or Campaña, which places them above teams with less differential talent and which should allow them to stay in first place. Even so, it will be difficult to see them higher, since there are teams with more complete teams.
The rojillo team should also be saved this season without problems, although for this they will have to suffer something because the level of La Liga is high, and the Navarrese have a somewhat limited squad. Despite this, they have proven to be a very competitive team, capable of scoring points against anyone, especially in their field, which will allow them to save themselves.
Cádiz was one of the great surprises of the past year, since despite being recently promoted and having an inexperienced squad in first class, they remained amply in the absence of several days in the highest category. One of his keys is the work of his coach, Cervera, who remains in the team and promises to continue giving the same performance. The Cadiz team has a somewhat limited team, but has managed to squeeze every virtue and compete at 200%. This season will be more difficult because the rivals have strengthened very well, but they should stay one more year.
The Basque team has been flirting with relegation for several seasons and this season should not be an exception. His greatest asset are his forwards, who must be entrusted to beat the teams in the lower zone and thus add gold points that will help him stay in first position on the horn. Calleja has shown that he is capable of giving Alavés good results, so the fans must trust him, but miracles cannot be done.
The Alicante team has a team with very little differential quality, although it has shown that it has known how to compete to the fullest. This season I don’t think they can keep the category, as there are superior teams, but they will fight until the end. Their only hope is that other squads are below their expected level, something that Elche would surely take advantage of.
Like Espanyol, Mallorca has reached the top flight in just one year in second grade, but in their case, the squad is quite limited. Vicente Moreno has proven to be a magnificent coach, but unless the more established teams have a lower performance than expected, they will return to second, not before having fought to the end.
The Madrid team is a humble team that was not even one of the best second-team squads, yet they rose and will have the prize of playing in first, but everything indicates that they will go down, as they are far below the rest of the teams in terms of talent. . Although we already know that in football there are many surprises, and who knows if the salvation of Rayo could be one of them this season.