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La Liga 2021/22 fixtures announced. When are the key games?

The Spanish federation released the fixture list for the 2021/22 season earlier on Wednesday.

In the 2020/21 season, Atletico Madrid pipped cross-city rivals Real to the title on the final day, courtesy to a large helping hand from ex-Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan, released by the Catalan club in 2020, notched up 21 goals for Atleti, top-scoring for Diego Simeone’s side across the league campaign.

This season, the rivalries begin anew, with Barcelona having strengthened with several free transfers, Real Madrid having been boosted by the return of Martin Odegaard from loan, and Atleti close to the signing of Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.

With this in mind, have the fixtures been kind to the three major Spanish clubs?

Kicking off at home

Of the three, Barcelona are the only club kicking off their season in their own stadium, playing host to Real Sociedad. Real Madrid travel to face Deportivo Alaves, while Atleti will also have to travel, to play Celta Vigo.

Fans will have to wait until matchday 8 (November 3rd 2021), to see any of the three teams face off against each other, with Atleti playing host to Catalan giants Barcelona.

La Liga 2021/22- When are the key games?

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 16: Luis Suarez of Atletico Madrid celebrates 2-1 during the La Liga Santander match between Atletico Madrid v Osasuna at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 16, 2021 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Just three weeks later, the first El Classico will take place, which will be an early barometer of where La Liga’s crown will be heading next season.

For the first Madrid Derby, fans will have to wait until mid December (12th) as Real Madrid host Atleti in matchday 17, with the return fixture occurring three games from the end of the season. These pair of fixtures could have a massive impact on who ultimately walks away La Liga champions.

Dates for the Diary:

November 3rd 2021- Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona

November 24th 2021- FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

December 12th 2021- Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid   

February 6th 2022- FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

March 20th 2022- Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona

May 8th 2022- Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

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