La Liga Season Preview 2015/16 – Sevilla

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We believe that Sevilla will be a surprise this season and finish in 4th Place for the upcoming season.

After finishing 4th for in the previous two seasons, Sevilla will want to push for Champions League in the upcoming campaign. Since head coach Unai Emery took over back in 2013, Sevilla have really come along as a club. Before Emery took over, Sevilla finished 9th in the previous seasons consecutively. Sevilla began the last campaign very strong earning a strong 22/30 in  their first 10 games dropping points to Athletico Madrid, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao. This shows that Sevilla can get off to a fast start to a season. In their final 10 games, they earned themselves 21/30 points. This shows their consistency through the season however, when you see who they dropped points to in the final 10 games, you will see that they could’ve finished higher up the table if they didn’t slip up. They drew 1-1 to both Granada and Celta Vigo. Both of these games should’ve been wins. If they had earned these 4 extra points, they would’ve jumped up into 3rd place, two points ahead of Athletico Madrid. This’d put them from Europa League into Champions League and would’ve earned the club extra funds. Top scorer Carlos Bacca has unfortunately left the team after scoring 20 goals last campaign. He showed to the club that he has what it takes to become a clinical goalscorer before moving to AC Milan this summer. Who will be his replacement?

With Sevilla’s squad already strong, they’ve already added 9 new key signings with more rumoured to join. These top new signings consist of Steven N’Zonzi, Adil Rami and Evgan Konoplyanka who will strengthen their starting XI. With Carlos Bacca out of the club, who is their replacement? They have signed Ciro Immobile on a season long loan from Borussia Dortmund and are currently in battle with other European major clubs to land Tottenham Hotspur flop Roberto Soldado. Whilst as Spurs, Soldado scored a goal at a poor average of 4.75 games/goal. When he was previously in Spain at Valencia, his ratio was a lot better as he scored a goal every 1.74 games. This is either because he had more support at Valencia or that he suits the Spanish game better. Would he be a good replacement for Bacca?

For me, if Steven N’Zonzi settles into the club really well, he will be Sevilla’s star player next season. During his 100+ games for Stoke, Steven really impressed both the fans, coaches and other teams around the world. He really shows a physical presence in the defensive midfield and for me, would boss it when it comes to aerial duels in the penalty box. I can see him scoring 5 or 6 goals in the upcoming season. However, it will take him a little while to adapt to the Spanish game which will mean thats he will pick up a few bookings early on. However, this shouldn’t effect the rest of his campaign. I believe that he could possibly be one of the best signing of the summer transfer window.

In my opinion, for Sevilla to really push for the title, they would need to make quite a few changes to their club. Although manger Unai Emery has won the Europa League title for the previous two years, he hasn’t won any other major trophies as a manager. I guess he has got the club into a better position over the last 2 years but has he got what it takes to win the La Liga title? I think not. If i was the club, i’d give him one or two more years and if he isn’t pushing for a top 3 finish, they should get rid of him and find a more experienced coach. This is so that the club can progress into Champions league football where more money is involved. After full back Aleix Vidal’s departure, i feel that they need a replacement of the same quality. In my opinion, Manchester United’s Rafael or Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna wouldn’t be bad options, Rafael being a younger player with more going forward and Sagna being a better defensive full back with bags of experience. Beto, 33, is currently their first choice keeper. In a few years he will retire and they will need to have a goalkeeper that is ready to step up to the plate. A great replacement for him, in my eyes, would be West Ham United’s goalkeeper Adrian. This is because he has bags of ability and has lots of experience in Spanish football.

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