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La Liga returns with intense seven weeks until World Cup
La Liga returns with intense seven weeks until World Cup

Madrid, Sep 29 (TIWN) La Liga returns this weekend after the international break to start an intense period with no let up for the big clubs until the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.

Cadiz's smash and grab raid in Valladolid before the international break lifted some pressure off Sergio Gonzalez, but his side has a tough task when they get the ball rolling on Saturday at home to Villarreal, who are still without Spain international striker Gerard Moreno, reports Xinhua.

Valladolid's defeat to Cadiz switched the pressure to their coach Pacheta and his side have a difficult visit to play Getafe, who have bounced back from a poor start to the season with consecutive wins.

There is a big game at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui is still under pressure after his side's poor start to the campaign, although Joan Jordan is his only major injury worry for the match.

Atletico have also yet to really impress and travel after losing the Madrid derby 2-1 to Real Madrid, with coach Diego Simeone once again likely to use Antoine Griezmann as a substitute as the club attempts to avoid having to pay Barcelona 40 million euros.

Barca coach Xavi Hernandez will no doubt be cursing the international break after losing Ronald Araujo. Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong and Jules Kounde to injury.

Hector Bellerin is also sidelined with a calf injury, while Ousmane Dembele has a slight calf niggle that could sideline him for the visit to Mallorca.

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