The 2009-10 La Liga season is nearly upon us and we here at Mad About Futbol will breakdown the chances and player movement of all 20 teams in Spain’s 1st division for the 2009-10 season. This time we will breakdown Club Atlético Osasuna.
LAST SEASON (2008-09):
The team from Pamplona finished in 15th place last season just 1 point above the relegation zone. Los Rojillos beat Real Madrid 2-1 on the final day to avoid the drop. Their defense saved them as they only allowed 47 goals all season. That was tied for the 3rd best in the league. Only Barcelona and Sevilla gave up less goals.
KEY PLAYER ADDITIONS:
Last season Osasuna’s problem was scoring goals. Los Rojillos were the 3rd worst scoring team in 2008-09. They scored 41 goals last season so they acquired Javier Camuñas from Recreativo. The attacking midfielder/forward was Recre’s leading scorer last season scoring 10 of the team’s 21 La Liga goals for the relegated side.
Carlos Aranda was also signed to Osasuna from Numancia. Aranda is a striker and product of Real Madrid’s youth system and will be needed to score as someone will have to take some of the goal scoring burden off of aging super-sub Walter Pandiani.
KEY PLAYER SUBTRACTIONS:
Jaroslav Plašil was Osasuna’s most consistent offensive threat and lone creator in the midfield. The Czech midfielder was sold to French champions Bordeaux and his versatility as a left wing and in the center of attack will be missed for Osasuna.
PLAYER TO WATCH
This must be the breakout season for Javier Portillo. The ex-Real Madrid striker has to have a big year for Osasuna to stay in La Liga. Portillo has to start showing the goal scoring instincts that led to him braking Raul’s Real Madrid youth system goal scoring record. Portillo is 27 years old, in his prime years and needs to become Osasuna’s most dangerous goal scoring threat.
Coach Jose Antonio Camacho’s side should expect a mid table finish. Osasuna on paper looks good enough not to be worried about relegation. If their defense performs the same as last year then their 1st division survival will rest solely on to their offense.