We take a look at La Liga power rankings for the 2020/2021 La Liga Season following the completion of the matchday one.
La Liga started their 2020/2021 season this past weekend. Huesca, Cadiz, and Elche secured promotion from the Segunda to replace relegated Leganes, Mallorca, and Espanyol. All teams but Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Elche, and Getafe were in action in Matchday one.
Los Blancos will look to defend their La Liga title starting September 20 against Real Sociedad, while Barcelona will hope to fight back from the embarrassing ending to the season on September 19 against Elche. Here are the La Liga power rankings for the 2020/2021 season as we look forwards to the rest of the season.
Cadiz has done some decent business in the transfer market and even brought in some experience in the form of Alvaro Negredo. However, they did not look good against Osasuna in their return to the top flight. They need to improve a lot if they are to have a chance at survival.
Elche got the promotion to La Liga by winning the playoffs. However, they finished sixth in Segunda. Like Huesca, they will find it difficult to keep up with the teams in the top division.
18. Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo avoided relegation by just one point last season. It was the second season in a row where they finished 17th and barely avoided dropping out of La Liga. Celta only managed to secure a draw in the first matchday of this season against Eibar and did not look good doing so either. 2020/2021 might be the year that they finally succumb to the second division.
Huesca started their La Liga campaign brightly as they came out with a point against an exiting Villareal side. However, the last time Huesca was in the first division, they let in 65 goals and won only seven games. Huesca might be the only promoted team that has a chance at staying up, but they need to continue performing as they did in their first match.
Valencia won against Levante 4-2 on matchday one in an exciting fixture. However, their defense looked a suspect. They are a mess financially, and they have lost a few of their best players in the likes of Rodrigo, Ferran Torres, and Dani Parejo. It will not be a surprise if they are fighting for survival at the end of the season.
15. D. Alaves
D. Alaves have struggled to find their footing in La Liga in the last few seasons. They opened their La Liga season with a loss to Real Betis at home. The only reason they will stay up this season is that other teams might perform worse.