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Top 10 Best Players in La Liga

The final edition of our top 10 players in league football has us taking a deeper dive into La Liga. This is our official Top 10 Players in La Liga list for the 2020-2021 season. All player stats found here https://www.transfermarkt.us/

10. Mikel Oyarzabal

Mikel Oyarzabal has been one of the hottest prospects in La Liga for some time now. At the age of 23 he has started to put together the resume to be considered a top player. Oyarzabal is Real Sociedad’s main attacking threat. He has proven his worth with 7 goals and 2 assists through 11 games this season. Real Sociedad will need Mikel to continue improving if they are to reach their goal of qualifying for the Champions League.

9. Kieran Trippier

One of the most important players in Atletico Madrid’s defense is Kieran Trippier. He had a bit of a rough ending to his career with Tottenham. But Trippier has found new life in La Liga. He continues to impress as Atletico Madrid hope to win La Liga this season. One of the better attacking fullbacks in La Liga, Trippier has been able to notch 4 assists so far this season.

8. Jose Maria Gimenez

Jose Maria Gimenez is one of the most important players in La Liga. He is rightfully considered one of the finest center backs in the world. Gimenez unfortunately has missed some time due to injury this season. For Atletico Madrid to continue their success they need him to continue to play in good form and get healthy again. He will be a major boost to the side when he returns.

7. Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema has somehow been Real Madrid’s main striker since 2009 and is still underrated. He had obviously been a bit of an afterthought with Cristiano Ronaldo on the team. But since Ronaldo left, Benzema has just continued scoring goals like he always does. Benzema has 8 goals and 5 assists so far this season.

6. Luis Suarez

Barcelona somehow decided that Luis Suarez was expendable after last season. It makes sense for them to try and get younger at the position but Suarez continues to be a talisman in front of goal. It seems as if he has officially pushed Diego Costa out of the team. It’s not difficult to see why either; as Suarez has 8 goals in his first 11 appearances for Atletico.

5. Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak is one of only a few goalkeepers who can truly be described as world class. He continues to prove this each and every season. Atletico Madrid has done a fantastic job in keeping the ball out of their own net. Oblak currently has 10 clean sheets out of a possible 14 in La Liga this season.

4. Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos is one of the finest midfielders in the world. This season he has been a little bit below his usual impressive standard. He currently only has 1 goal and 1 assist in his first 15 appearances. Expect those numbers to improve as the season progresses. But if they don’t then it’s possible that Kroos could tumble down the list a bit.

3. Iago Aspas

Iago Aspas has had a remarkable emergence since his days at Liverpool. It seems like is not even close to slowing down at the age of 33. He is RC Celta de Vigo’s best player and he earns this spot in the top 10. Aspas has been extremely valuable up to this point in the season. He already has 9 goals and 6 assists through his first 17 La Liga appearances this season.

2. Raphael Varane

Varane is another one of the best central defenders in the world. He is fully deserving of the number 2 spot on this list as any team in the world would love to have him. If Real Madrid are going to have a shot at winning the league title they will need Varane every step of the way.

1. Lionel Messi

Not much really needs to be said about Lionel Messi’s inclusion at number 1. He is probably the greatest footballer of the last 15 years. With Cristiano Ronaldo off to Serie A there is no other name that would fit at the top of this list.

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Ultimate Champions League Knockout Stage Preview

Here is the beerbellysoccer.com preview of all the match ups in the Champions League Knockout Stage. More info on all the teams and the league draw can be found here: https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/draws/

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City

Make no mistake; this is going to be a very competitive match up. Manchester City has not been on a great run of form throughout the course of this season. Monchengladbach on the other hand looks like a team that has the ability to make a deeper run in the Champions League than expected. This is definitely a match up that the neutral supporter will want to keep a very close eye on.

Lazio vs Bayern Munich

Lazio has done very well up to this point in making it to the knockout stages. On the other hand, Bayern Munich may be considered the favorites to win the whole tournament. It is going to take a mighty effort from Lazio to make it through to the quarterfinals but stranger things have happened.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

This has the makings of a very competitive match up. Atletico Madrid had to sneak through the group stages off the back off a few draws. Chelsea was able to dominate their group as they finished at the top with 14 points. But even with the differing form, this one should be very close. Atletico always has a very stingy defense under head coach Diego Simeone. But at the same time, Chelsea has one of the more exciting attacks in the world, led by Timo Werner. This could lead to a very exciting back and forth between the two teams.

RB Leipzig vs Liverpool

Coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent memory, Liverpool were considered one of the favorites to win the Champions League this year. Unfortunately they’ve had to deal with tough injuries that have left them vulnerable. This RB Leipzig side will look to take advantage of this and push on to the quarterfinals. It may seem strange, but don’t forget that Leipzig made it all the way to the semis just last season. They are definitely a capable side that could make a deep run.

FC Porto vs Juventus

Juventus has not been quite as dominant as they usually are in league play. It’s fair to wonder if that could carry over to their Champions League form. Although most would pick them as the easy favorites to move on, FC Porto could cause some problems. Porto played strong in the group stages and will look to bring the same form into the knockout stages.

FC Barcelona vs PSG

Two of the biggest clubs in world football at the moment, this will assuredly be an exciting match up. There had been rumors floating around for the past year that Neymar would be making his move back to Spain. But the move never ended up coming together. So now we get to see two of the most exciting players in Lionel Messi and Neymar face up against each other. It’s hard to say who the favorite really is at this point but from a neutral perspective this is must watch football.

Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund

Sevilla has been absolutely dominant in the Europa league in recent years. Could this be the year that they turn that dominance into the Champions League? It seems doubtful that it will happen this year. Dortmund has one of the most exciting teams in the world at the moment. They may also have the most wanted player in the world with Erling Haaland. Haaland has been a dominant force, even at a young age. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Dortmund make it through quite comfortably.

Atalanta vs Real Madrid

This is probably the strangest match up out of the Champions League draw. Atalanta have easily been one of the most exciting teams in the world with their strong attacking play style. But Real Madrid has the pedigree as the most successful team in Champions League history. It’s very difficult to even make a prediction for the outcome of this match up. For now it seems like Madrid will make it through, but it should be closer than most expect.

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