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The World Cup ended and, although there is still a month left until the beginning of the Spanish League, all the teams are already working. It's normal, because the season is as important as the preseason, in which players must be prepared for what comes next in the nine-ten months of competition.
One of the last teams to start was the European champion, Julen Lopetegui's Real Madrid, which faces an interesting challenge: to reborn the white club, which lost its main identity this summer. Atlético and Barcelona, the other two favorites for the League and also with options in Europe.
Between the disconnection of the World Cup, which must be disengaged after a month in which monopolized all the attention, we update the situation of the three 'big' teams of Spain, those favorites another year to win the titles at stake, the three who took all the trophies in the last campaign.
Real Madrid: with many changes in a new project
Real Madrid is undoubtedly the team that has changed the most when returning to work. With a new coach and without his best player of recent years, whites have undergone a revolution in the two most important posts in the successes of the last three years.
With Zidane resigning days after getting the European Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo He also left without a star (Bale is waiting to take a step forward) to a team with Lopetegui in front and the challenge of continuing to win Real Madrid when they have practically changed him completely.
In addition to the new coach, the news in the first practice of Real Madrid are Vinicius Junior, Andriy Lunin, Raúl de Tomás, Fede Valverde and Martin Odegaard. The first two are signings, both future, and the last three returns, but the five will know during this preseason if they hold on to the first team, down to Castilla or end up on loan. With a contract with Real Madrid are Fabio Coentrao and Lucas Silva, who have not shown up yet because the club is looking for a destination. Alvaro Odriozola is waiting, already booked but still on vacation.
Among the absences, Cristiano Ronaldo, who closed a time in his life (also in Real Madrid) with his escape to Juventus, and Achraf, ceded to Borussia Dortmund. In these first trainings that started on Monday, Jesús Vallejo, Kiko Casilla, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Borja Mayoral and Theo Hernández they trained under Lopetegui. All of them are aware of their future.
Atlético de Madrid is one of the most changed. Three renowned signings and two legends that said goodbye are the main changes in the team of Simeone, which started last week what is its seventh consecutive preseason with the rojiblanco club.
Fernando Torres and Gabi are no longer there, Atletico symbols of recent years, especially the second, key figure to understand the 'cholismo'. Instead he arrived Rodri, coming from Villarreal, and one of the most promising Spanish players. In the goal, in the shadow of Oblak (unless a lot changes things and ends up, has a clause of 100 million) will be Antonio Adam, the Real Madrid exporter for which Atlético paid one million euros (more variables) to Real Betis.
The great signing this summer was the one Lemar, recent world champion, so he will join later on having finished this Sunday his participation in the World Cup, same situation Griezmann, that without being a novelty, since it will begin its fifth season at Atlético, it does come in another way, recently renewed after its famous documentary in which it showed during two months its doubts to continue in the Madrid club to go to Barcelona.
Barcelona is also a team that he has taken it easy and that started the trainings with little news, but with a known low and it will cost to supply. Without Andrés Iniesta, the only ones signings that for now the champion of League and Cup has been attacked two low profile: Arthur and Lenglet, two players for those who have spent 66 million euros.
To the culés trainings, that started last week, he joined the transfers in other teams last year as Rafinha, Samper, Munir, Marlon and Douglas, to which Barça looks for equipment, as to players like André Gomes, Yerry Mina or Aleix Vidal, which in principle do not count for Ernesto Valverde this next season.
As it happens to the other big teams in Spain, the Catalans started the preseason with many casualties by having more than half the team of the first team on vacation, as they played the World Cup in Russia and will be incorporated in a phased manner, depending on the day they left the tournament.