LaLiga schedule released, EL Classico dates set amid Messi drama

The Spanish league has announced the schedule for the upcoming season. The first round of matches is set to take place on the 12th and 13th of September. However, Barcelona and some other teams will have few of their opening matches rescheduled due to playing later into the last season.

Barcelona will be played their first game against Villarreal at camp nou in the third game week of the season. Their games against promoted Elche and Athletic Bilbao will be rescheduled to a later date.

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The biggest match in the LaLiga season, the ‘El Classico,’ will be played on October 25 at Camp Nou and on April 11 at Madrid. This could be the first season since 2005, where Barcelona could play in Classico without Messi.

Real Madrid returned to training on Monday as they prepare for their first match against Real Sociedad. Madrid plays their first match on the second matchday of the season. Madrid only had their first match of the season postponed as they did not reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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Like Barcelona, Atletico Madrid will also have their first two league matches postponed. They begin their season against Granada at home.

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All the league matches will continue to be played in empty stadiums. The league association hoped to allow some fans into the stadium at the start of the new season. However, due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Spain, this wasn’t possible.

Messi, who had told Barcelona earlier this week that he wants to leave the club, was absent from the team’s first training season on Monday. He had already been a no-show on Sunday, for the squads COVID-19 testing at the club’s training center. Messi is looking to leave the club on a free transfer, which, according to a clause in his contract, allows him to do at the end of every season. However, according to Barcelona, that clause has expired.

The club wants the Argentine to stay at the club, at least till his contract runs out in June 2021. There are no signs of this dispute ending on the horizons, as both the club and the players are adamant about their stance.

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