Sevilla find themselves second in La Liga with a game at hand as they seek to push for an unlikely league triumph. They are currently a point ahead of Barcelona and two points ahead of Real Madrid. Although most would have predicted it would’ve been a typical title race between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Sevilla look to replicate what Atletico did in the 13-14 season and win against the odds. With a match against Barcelona up next, they can really make a statement if they are truly title contenders or not.
Barcelona are in bad form in the league, with their last win coming in on September 15th against Real Sociedad. Since then they’ve tied against Girona, lost to Leganes, tied against Athletic Bilbao, and tied to Valencia. Their upcoming schedule isn’t going to be any easier either as they will face Sevilla as mentioned previously, Inter in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, Leonesa in the Copa del Rey (an easier game), Rayo Vallecano (another easier match), away to Inter in the UCL, Real Betis, away to Atletico Madrid, away to PSV Eindhoven in the UCL, and Villarreal. If Barcelona don’t improve, they can fall away in La Liga.
Similarly, Real Madrid have also had some trouble so far this season. They haven’t scored a goal since September 22nd and have since lost to Sevilla, tied to Atletico Madrid, lost to CSKA Moscow in the UCL, and lost to Deportivo Alaves. Los Blancos have an easier fixture list coming up which should help them get back to form, but they have to perform better because if otherwise, they could find themselves chasing those above them in the league throughout the rest of the season.
Whether or not they can win La Liga will depend on a variety of factors. Their squad depth will certainly be tested and they may have to rely on some key players not getting injured. Other clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid have a better overall squad that they can call upon throughout the season, which speaks to the size of the challenge facing Sevilla. The three clubs mentioned have starting elevens with higher level footballers and have a stronger bench compared to Sevilla. However, if they can maintain their fitness levels, avoid injuries, and perform well enough to get positive results during the remainder of the season which also contains Copa de Rey and UCL fixtures that will have to be taken into account, they can shock the world by winning La Liga. It is a tall task, but football produces so many surprises that we could very well be watching one unfold before our very eyes. Their next step is showing their title credentials by avoiding defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.