La Liga 2022/23 could be the return of El Classico title race, which could even start from the beginning of the competition.

New season in La Liga begins this weekend. The reigning champions, Real Madrid, is expected to face a fiercer rivalry than last season as their archrival, Barcelona, have been bolstering the squad with a number of big signings. They can not end their campaign without La Liga title for the fourth time in a row and let Los Blancos stay on top again from the beginning of the season just like in 2021/22. Thus, Xavi’s men must not lose a single point in order to compete with Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The Italian boss seems to have known how to endure their consistency throughout the season with the squad he has. No wonder that many pundits believe that El Classico is not merely the encounter between them in two games, but more like a two-horse marathon till the end of the line, should Blaugrana be able to stay in-form just like during the glory days of La Liga in the past, especially when Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were still playing in the opposing teams from 2009 to 2018.

Unfortunately, the Catalan side faces more challenging issues than Real Madrid from Frankie de Jong’s contract complexity to the mounting debt which could lead to their failure to register their new signings before the opener this weekend. On the contrary, Los Merengues flies high with another silverware in hand this midweek by winning UEFA Super Cup to show how solid they have become, on and off the pitch. The real question remains whether Barcelona can really keep their positive results till the end in the midst of looming economic catastrophe.

Sadly, other teams, including the 2021 champions Atletico Madrid, have been tipped far from joining the title race. Los Rojiblancos have not made any important signings apart from the right back, Nehuel Molina from Udinese and Axel Witsel from Dortmund. Sevilla are likely to get left behind as usual since they lost their two strong figures at the backline, Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos this summer. Julen Lopetegui’s men only bought the former Galatasaray’s Marcao, and captured the signature of Isco and Alex Telles for free and on loan respectively. Meanwhile, Real Betis, Villareal and Real Sociedad are not even on the list of title challenger. None of them have been revamping the squad. They are still among the potential dark horses alongside Athletic Bilbao, Celta Vigo and Valencia who have just appointed the former Milan boss, Gennare Gatusso, at their helm.

Thus, it remains to be seen, at least till the deadline of the summer transfer window, how Barcelona would resolve their issues so that their summer signings will not go to waste, whether other teams manage to sign more players as their reinforcement or in contrast, more players will be leaving La Liga which is set to have a new sponsor starting from this season to replace Bank Santander. The curtain may rise and the stadiums may be filled with more spectators again. Welcome to La Liga EA Sports 2022/23!