That the Primera division is almost documented to be a two horse race does not take the shine off it. In fact, it makes it all the more interesting. Although it must be said that the exit of the best two strikers in the league after Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi makes it uglier, with Radamel Falcao having gone to Monaco and Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspurs accompanied by home sick Jesus Navas and two bright youngsters in Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. Still, the best players on the planet ply their trade in the la Liga, not least the El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Of greater interest would be to see how both teams with new managers and a couple of interesting signings will slug it out for the league title. That there is no clear favourite leaves a lot to be seen. To this effect, we would take a close look at both teams to give us an idea of where the trophy will be heading. In no particular order:
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Star Players: Christiano Ronaldo Aviero, Mesut Ozil
One to watch: Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez “Isco”, Asier Illaramendi, Alvaro Morata
Strength: a renowned experienced manager with excellent man management skill, improved wing backs, recent El Classico dominance.
Weaknesses: pressure of expectation, only one recognised striker and occasional rift between players and seemingly la decimal (a tenth UCL title) obsession.
Advice: Manage the ego of the players and be mindful of the press
Manager: Gerardo Martino
Star Player: Lionel Andres Messi, Andres Iniesta
Players to watch: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, Christian Tello
Strenght: Neymar to relieve Lionel Messi of scoring burden, defending champion status and a more health-stable manager
Weaknesses: shaky defence, untested manager in Europe
Advice: Keep the team shape and style (there’s no point changing the most dominant style ever)
Written By Larry Eghosa