Real Madrid: Predicting La Liga’s Top 7 for the 2020-2021 season

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /
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Sevilla, Youssef En-Nesyri
Sevilla, Youssef En-Nesyri (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

4. Sevilla

Sevilla are such a well-coached team. Former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has done wonders with this side, and I see them qualifying for the Champions League for a second straight year under their new manager.

In Youssef En-Nesyri, Sevilla have one of the league’s best strikers. And they have other difference-makers around him in the consistent Lucas Ocampos, the underrated Suso, and the potentially electric Papu Gomez. Joan Jordan leads one of La Liga’s top midfielders and the duo of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos is the envy of most clubs in Europe.

3. Barcelona

The top three in La Liga is as competitive as it’s been. After some embarrassing struggles early in the season under new manager Ronald Koeman, it looks like La Blaugrana have figured things out. They are second in the league and have legitimately made it a three-way title race again.

But I still think something is missing with Barcelona. Defensively, they have major question marks. Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique aren’t bad, but they aren’t world-class anymore. Clement Lenglet is a disaster who has no business starting for a club of Barça’s stature. And ultimately, I think their mediocre players like Lenglet will cost them.