What an opening weekend of the new season it proved to be for former Europa League champions Sevilla. Travelling to last season’s Segunda División champions Rayo Vallecano, Los Rojiblancos wound up finishing the day at the summit of Spain’s top-flight after beating their hosts 4-1. The match served as a wonderful start for Pablo Machín’s side, and also a stark warning to newboys Rayo about the level of football being played in La Liga right now. The last time they spent in the competition was back in 2016, when they were relegated with an 18th-placed finish. Their first season in the second flight was disappointing as they ended 12th, but those wrongs were corrected as they won the title last season, hoping to re-solidify themselves at the top level having spent five seasons there previous to their relegation.
Newly promoted Rayo Vallecano have brought in a host of new signings ahead of their return to La Liga, for the first time since 2016.
The side from South Madrid have spent a modest €6.5 million as they look to re-establish themselves back in the top flight, with fellow promoted sides Huesca and Real Valladolid both spending less on players.
Club legend Michel, who led their promotion charge last season, has spent the club’s money shrewdly, as he plots their survival.
Their big money buy has been former Chelsea player Gael Kakuta, who comes in for a €3 million fee, from Hebei China Fortune.
Our La Liga team of the week is dominated by the stars of Madrid’s emphatic 6-3 victory over Girona and the defensive resilience of the back lines of Barcelona, Betis and Malaga.
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Marc Ter Stegen, Barcelona – x points
The German has been a vital cog in the success of the Barcelona season having secured 18 clean sheets in his 29 league appearances.
He added to his collection this weekend at the Camp Nou, as they inch their way towards reclaiming the La Liga title. Continue reading