2022-23 season ends on Sunday with FC Barcelona dropped to First Division high achiever Barca’s persistence, Real Madrid’s vagaries, a long hiatus leading up to the World Cup in Qatar, which changed the dynamic, were characterized by persistent refereeing controversies, departures for key figures and a championship marked by the emergence of new talent. In upcoming courses. Are eleven keys sum up the tournament
1. bolt bolt
Xavi Hernandez on the rearmament of FC Barcelona defensive fortification From a team that conceded only nine goals in the first thirty days. An amazing record that allowed the Blaugranas to certify the title four dates earlier. The signings of Christensen and Kunde, along with the leadership of Araujo, were decisive for the Catalan coach to build a wall around Ter Stegen’s goal, all the main architect of the success. The German goalkeeper won his first Zamora Trophy with 18 goals in 37 games (0.48 per duel) and equaled the record of 26 clean sheets set by player Francisco Liano in the 1993–94 season.
2. Cross-eyed and bloodless Real Madrid
The defending champions started the season like a shot, scoring 30 of the first 33 points, but found their footing just before the championship was halted in November due to the World Cup and handed a matchday 13 for the Barca leadership who have not returned . After a mid-March classic defeat at Camp Nou, the Whites buried the hatchet and focused their attention on the Champions League. defensive weakness With 36 goals conceded, and a decline in Benzema’s performances were their main snags.
3. World Cup Break
There was practically a unanimous sentiment at the beginning of the course: the mid-season world cup location It entered the clubs on slippery ground. The World Cup paralyzed the first division championship for a month and a half, acting as a brake for some teams that hit the ground running during the first third of the tournament and as a catapult for others that broke through the blockage. took advantage. new beginning. To speculate what would have happened if this sudden pause had not happened belongs to the realm of science fiction, but it had an undeniable impact especially made by the soldiers directed by Diego Pablo Simeone.
4. The two faces of Atletico
The Sabers thundered in the Metropolitan when the Rojiblancos went on a very long league break in November. The defeat against Mallorca at Son Moix sealed the Coloconeiros’ passage via flying goal to fifth place in the table, 13 points behind FC Barcelona and 11 behind Real Madrid. Seven illegal victories in the first fourteen days discussed continuation of a simeon The club’s leadership was handcuffed by a tug-of-war with Barca for Griezmann. The soap opera’s resolution in early October cleared the coach’s clouded job and freed up the Little Prince, whose impressive performance in the World Cup was correlated in the league. The attacker’s forward move accelerated the rise of Atlético, who added 53 points after the World Cup, a figure that would have declared them champions of a hypothetical Clausura tournament that included the championship stretch played since then.
5. Resurrection of Seville
If the World Cup marked a before and after for Atlético, the turning point for Sevilla was generated by Jose Luis Mandilibar’s arrival on the bench, The Zaldibar coach took a dead team that was approaching relegation after the twenty-sixth day and electrified it to the point that the red and whites closed the course with their heads held high. It’s hard to find precedents for such a successful impact on a squad’s future as the Basque did at Sevilla, dethroned with Julen Lopetegui and certainly lost with Jorge Sampaoli.
6. Changing of the Guard
The baton has passed from hand to hand at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Spanish football’s two transatlantics have stooped to submit to leadership based on the last blows of a handful of giants bunch of young well prepared. Araujo, Pedri and Gavi lead the current Barca squad despite goals from Lewandowski, while Vinicius, Rodrigo, Valverde and Camavinga pull the wagon in a Real Madrid that knew how to outrun Benzema’s last dance.
7. Vinay’s Rebellion
In a football that is becoming increasingly subjugated by the checkbook, it is refreshing to find teams that manage to counter their limited financial resources With heavy work and maximum enthusiasm. Osasuna and Mallorca led the rebellion of the lower classes in a campaign in which Girona was promoted and Andoni Airaola’s Rayo Vallecano also shone.
8. Patriots are rare
Since the championship began in the second decade of the 20th century, Valencia is fourth in the league’s historical classification based on the number of points collected, and Espanyol is seventh. However, both clubs victims of destructive management They lived another season to forget. The Bat Men saved their heads on the horns, but the Parrots returned to the Second Division pit two years later, setting a new alarm for all those perverted entities and subjects subjected to the tyranny of owners who care about football. Don’t do it.
9. Goodbye Old Rockers
Joaquin hung up his boots at his beloved Benito Villamarin on Sunday after equaling the record of 622 games in the first division set by Andoni Zubizarreta two decades ago. Portuense leaves the orphan of its leprechaun and friendly character to a league that also said goodbye Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba The last two survivors of the best Barca in history after Gerard Pique, frustrated by his lack of minutes, decided to retire last November. Badia del Vallès midfielder and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat winger is aiming for a golden retirement in Saudi Arabia, the destination chosen by Karim Benzema to end the career that made him one of Real Madrid’s greatest legends Have given. After spending fourteen seasons enthralling Spanish fans with their label football, Lyon will embrace the Wahhabi monarchy’s petrodollar, becoming one of the great claims of the Saudi candidature for the 2030 World Cup, which Spain will host alongside Portugal and Morocco. is also choosing. ,
Some who are leaving and others who have already arrived. Gabriel Veiga and Arno Martínez starred in two of the most dazzling performances in a tournament in which clubs were forced by a lack of economic resources and financial ‘fairness’ drag mine, The Galician midfielder and Catalan winger are in class with the Spanish team and sound like greats in Europe. Balde, Taty Castellanos, Javi Guerra, Rodrigo Riquelme, Nico Williams, Abde, Nico Jackson or Fresneda guaranteed a generational change in a league that also saw the definite rise of Samu Chukwueze, among others.
11. A Blow That Convinces No One
In the fifth season of his application in Spain, VAR also did not find followers. Matchday yes and matchday too, were shaken by the championship permanent dispute Because of agile arbitration norms and a technology that helps, but also confuses. slow replays that are tackled without bad faith in the offenders, penalties that are accepted or not depending on how the wind blows, offsides due to hairs of a prawn that distort the spirit of the rule and goal technology The absence of Joe Minus at the paltry price of four million euros added to the trouble as bait and made the tournament even worse.