LaLiga: Atletico Madrid edge past Barcelona to earn title boost; Villarreal hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw
Yannick Carrasco finished brilliantly from range after mistakes from Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen left the goal gaping but Barca, and a below-par Lionel Messi, failed to respond at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Real Madrid begin their title defense on Sunday at Real Sociedad with practically the same squad that a few months ago lifted its first league trophy in three years. They haven't won consecutive leagues since 2007-08 as Barcelona has dominated domestically.
LaLiga: Valencia register big win in derby against Levante; Real Betis beat Alaves to make winning start
It was a thrilling return to LaLiga for Manuel Pellegrini as Real Betis won 1-0 against Alaves.
Ljungberg also had a month as caretaker manager between the firing of Unai Emery and the hiring of Mikel Arteta last December.
Kubo, who has already earned seven caps for the Japanese national team, will be presented at Villarreal's La Ceramica stadium on Tuesday.
Emery, who was sacked by the Premier League club in November after 18 months, began his managerial career in LaLiga, where he previously ran Valencia and Sevilla, who he led to three consecutive Europa League titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Premier League: Arsenal's Granit Xhaka repaying coach Mikel Arteta's faith with remarkable turnaround
Arteta has instilled a new team ethic at Arsenal and Xhaka has clearly bought into it — working tirelessly in front of his defence at Wembley on Saturday to help keep City at bay.
Premier League: Arsenal's Granit Xhaka looking to seal Hertha Berlin move in January transfer window, says agent
Xhaka has had a fractured relationship with the fans since he reacted angrily to being booed when he was substituted against Crystal Palace in October
Mikel Arteta liked what he saw in his first game in charge of Arsenal, even though his side needed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's equaliser to draw at Bournemouth 1-1 in the English Premier League on Thursday.
Premier League: Granit Xhaka rebuilding relationship with Arsenal fans, moving in right direction, says new manager Mikel Arteta
Swiss international Xhaka reacted angrily to home supporters booing him as he walked off the pitch in a match against Crystal Palace in October and was subsequently stripped of captaincy by former manager Unai Emery.
Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says he only keeps 'good memories' of five and a half years as Tottenham Hotspur manager
In his first interview since being replaced by Jose Mourinho, Pochettino reflected on the challenge to ensure Tottenham competed at the top of the Premier League for a sustained period
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta the 'introvert' will have to grow into an orator, calm dissenting voices in London club
Mikel Arteta has left his role as Manchester City assistant manager to replace fellow Spaniard Unai Emery, who was sacked by Arsenal following a run of poor results last month
Premier League: New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta feels prepared to take on the rebuilding job at Gunners
New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta accepts the risk involved in his appointment due to his lack of managerial experience
Premier League: Arsenal appoint former player Mikel Arteta as new manager; Spaniard hopeful of turnaround in club's fortunes
New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he was confident he would have the London club challenging for top honours again and asked for patience after being appointed head coach on a three-and-a-half year contract on Friday.
Premier League: Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta meets with Arsenal's officials over manager's job
Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has met with officials at Arsenal on two occasions to discuss the vacant manager's job at the London club.
Premier League: I'd be on the roof if we win at Manchester United, says Everton's interim manager Duncan Ferguson
Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson said supporters can expect even wilder celebrations from him if they can pull off a rare Premier League victory at Manchester United
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied reports that his contract contains a ‘break clause’ that could allow him to leave at the end of the season
Premier League: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hopes assistant Mikel Arteta stays at club as long as possible
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday he had received no approach from other clubs for assistant Mikel Arteta and tipped him as a possible future successor at the Premier League champions.
Premier League: Everton sack Marco Silva after heavy Merseyside derby defeat; Duncan Ferguson appointed as caretaker boss
Silva was fired by Everton on Thursday after 18 months in charge, a day after his team lost 5-2 at Merseyside rival Liverpool to slip into the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s interim coach Freddie Ljungberg says he will have a chat with Nicolas Pepe to help the Ivorian forward feel more settled after his club record move from Lille.