Neymar becomes a ‘Real’ threat

Spain’s La Liga was dominated by a Barcelona side that seemed unbeatable last year, only losing twice in 38 games and next season they look likely to dominate again.

Barcelona are the only side to confirm a big signing so far this summer with Neymar coming in for $70 million and with his outstanding form at the Confederations Cup it seems as if he will live up to the price tag and the hype.

Also with an already strong team which consists of Andreas Iniesta, Gerard Pique and, of course, Lionel Messi, Barcelona are set to continue dominating La Liga.

Real Madrid had a relatively poor season and with the loss of Jose Mourinho and the future of Cristiano Ronaldo in doubt the gulf with Barca may widen, even if Gareth Bale signs for a world record fee 
of around $125m.

As well as Mourinho’s departure, Madrid have lost striker Gonzalo Higuain possibly to Arsenal and despite already signing two 21-year-olds in Daniel Carvajal, a Spanish right back from Leverkusen for $8.5 million, and Casemiro, a Brazilian central midfielder from Sao Paulo for $7.8 million, and being linked with a move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado it looks as if Madrid will slip further away 
from their arch-rivals.

Last year’s third place side Atletico Madrid are destined to struggle after losing top scorer Radamel Falcao to ultra-rich French side Monaco and only so far brought in Leo Baptistao from Rayo Vallecano for an 
undisclosed fee.

Unless Atletico Madrid can find a suitable replacement for the Colombian goal machine they could be dropping down into the 
Europa League spots.

At the bottom of the table Celta Vigo are likely to be around the relegation zone after finishing only one point above the drop last year and with the seemingly inevitable loss of top scorer Iago Aspas to Liverpool, Celta will struggle and come the end of the season they could likely be one of the teams on their way down.

Also Elche may struggle despite winning the Segunda Division title. Elche’s top scorer last year was Coro with 12 goals but he will get tougher competition from defenders in La Liga. Elche could go down if they do not find the scoring striker they require to stay up.

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