A crisis over Catalonia’s latest push for independence came to a head this week as Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials to halt the referendum on Oct. 1, sparking mass protests in Barcelona and several other Catalan cities.
After the surprising defeat, Sergio Ramos said, “It’s a f*cking bad start. It’s concerning and alarming, as [this bad start at home] has included games against opponents that we would normally beat at the Bernabeu.”
La Liga president Javier Tebas said, “We’ve caught them peeing in the swimming pool. Neymar peed from the diving board. We can’t accept this. It is not just about PSG but also Manchester City. I need more money from TV, otherwise Manchester City with its oil will take all these players.”
Barcelona also kept Luis Suarez, Real Madrid held on to Gareth Bale, and Atletico Madrid still has Antoine Griezmann. The top three teams did not make any blockbuster additions, but some talented players will keep the Spanish league attractive.
Zinedine Zidane helped Real Madrid to their 33rd La Liga title after working as the manager for less than one and a half years.
Real Madrid won the La Liga title on Sunday with a difference of three points to second placed Barcelona.
Barcelona ended the league with a win but lost the title to rivals Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata scored a brace each to give Real four goals advantage in the first half.
Getafe ended a 12-year stint in top flight after a 2-1 defeat at Real Betis, while Rayo Vallecano will also drop down a division despite beating Levante 3-1.
Barcelona scored twice in the first half and then late on courtesy Luis Suarez to beat Granada 3-0 and win the La Liga title.
Action from across Europe’s top football leagues culminated this weekend with champions and relegated teams decided.
Real Madrid’s hopes of beating Real Betis could be boosted by the return from injury of Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid’s new coach Rafa Benitez is under pressure early in his stint with the club as they face Real Betis in their League opener.
Sergio Ramos, 29, will sign his new deal together with Real president Florentino Perez at Bernabeu later on Monday.
La Liga has 38 of the 42 professional clubs in Spain’s top two divisions on board.