Real Madrid Schedule 2018-19: La Liga Fixtures Released

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2018

Real Madrid's Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, from left, run during a training session at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, May 25, 2018 ahead of the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Saturday May 26. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Real Madrid begin La Liga life after Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane on August 19 with a meeting with Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.

New manager Julen Lopetegui will have his first Clasico showdown of the campaign against Barcelona on October 28 at the Camp Nou before the return fixture on March 3. 

Los Blancos will face local rivals Atletico Madrid on September 30 at the Bernabeu and on February 10 at the Wanda Metropolitano.


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Week 1 Fixtures:

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For the fixture list in full visit the Seleccion Espanola website.


Madrid Set for Campaign of Transition

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Having enjoyed so much stability in Zidane's three seasons at the club, Madrid embark on a new era under the guidance of Lopetegui.

The new manager took over at Real after he was sacked as Spain manager on the eve of the FIFA World Cup having agreed to become Los Blancos boss. Now the pressure will be on him to get this illustrious group of players to perform.

Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC believes Lopetegui may find things difficult in the early stages of his tenure:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Conte can now have a nice few months off until the emergency call from the Bernabeu with Lopetegui struggling [perhaps] around Christmas...

Taking over at Madrid was always going to be tough, especially following on from Zidane, who steered the team to three UEFA Champions League wins in succession. But without Ronaldo, that challenge has become even tougher.

After all, the 33-year-old was such an important player for Real in his nine seasons at the club, and Ronaldo showcased an incredible appetite for big games in recent years. Not having him leading the line will leave a massive void to fill in the capital.

As noted by journalist Sam Pilger, even with one of the best goalscorers of all time within their ranks, Real have found it tough in La Liga:

Sam Pilger @sampilger

Cristiano Ronaldo is 33 and has just signed for Juventus for €100 million after scoring 4 goals in the World Cup. Wayne Rooney is 32 and has just made his debut for D.C. United after a free transfer...

Last term they were slow out of the traps and lost ground to Barcelona early on, with manager Ernesto Valverde enjoying a sensational start to life at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana are expected to be strong again this season.

Atletico Madrid, who held off their city rivals to finish in second spot last season, have also enjoyed an excellent summer of recruitment, as Scouted Football pointed out recently:

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Atlético Madrid have had a very impressive summer so far: • Signed: Rodri (21) • Signed: Thomas Lemar (22) • Renewed: Antoine Griezmann • Renewed: Lucas Hernández (22) • Renewed: José Giménez (23) Retaining talent, then adding even more in key positions. https://t.co/JgwkjCL4mW

It'll be a huge ask for Real to reel in Barcelona this year, while Atletico also appear set to be a force at the top of La Liga once again in 2018-19.

Even so, Ronaldo 's departure will present opportunities for other players to seize the role of attacking talisman, including the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale. Yet, La Liga success may be beyond them this term given the changes that have preceded the season.