Sergio Aguero spoke exclusively to Stake.com about the forthcoming football season, in part two of our interview, the focus switches to a compelling season in Spain. We spoke about his views on Barcelona, the title race and the players to look out for.
Who will win La Liga and why?
We will have to see how the teams start.
We know that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético will always be there, fighting for the top.
Madrid comes with a lot of momentum after winning the Champions League and with Ancelotti who knows how to manage a squad of that level and in which he has found a very good combination of the experience of Casemiro, Kroos and Modric with the youth of the players he has incorporated.
And with Benzema and Vinicius, who if they keep up the level, they will be fighting for the title.
I think that Barcelona will be in the conversation because it has been reinforced very well and with Xavi's hand that gives it the identity that Barca has always had.
Maybe it runs a little behind because it is a practically new team. But beware if it manages to assemble quickly.
Without a doubt, it is a more competitive team than last season and it is also Barca.
And Atleti, hand in hand with Cholo, always manages to be a tough rival.
Barcelona, Atletico and Real Madrid have occupied the top three places in each of the last ten seasons, which club, if any do you think could break that trend?
This year it seems that he will be among those three teams again.
We have to see how Sevilla manages to return to the path of regularity. If they succeed, they will fight to be among the top three.
And we must not forget Bilbao or Real Sociedad, who are usually very strong at home.
Who do you think will win the Pichichi Trophy and why?
It will not be very far from what is happening. It seems to me. Benzema seems to be a candidate.
And we will have to pay attention to Lewandowski and even Dembelé who already scored many goals in Germany and if he ratifies what he showed in the pre-season he can be among the top scorers.
Which new signing do you think will have the biggest impact?
Lewandowski, although he arrives in a different league, due to his background he can make a difference.
And I think Rudiger is a very good addition to Madrid.
Who will be the top assist provider in La Liga?
The Benzema-Vinicius duo has understood each other very well when it comes to assists.
Dembelé I think it can also be important in this area. And Jordi Alba has always been characterized as someone who has served many goals.
And with the attackers that Barca now has, he has many more options.
Which players should we look out for that might currently be under the radar?
There are some that I don't know because they come from other leagues.
But I would like to see Tchouameni for whom there are many expectations. In any case, I think that Pedri can be the player that makes the difference.
And Ansu Fati too. They have already overcome the physical problems of the previous season and are very complete players.
You spent some time with the Barcelona squad in Miami, how do you think Lewandowski will fit in with Barca’s current system with the huge amount of attacking options they have?
They invited me and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them.
I saw them very motivated and eager to start the season right now.
Lewandowski gives Xavi more options and I think that now in attack he has a variety that is to be feared.
He will have a healthy competition and according to the rival he will allow him to play with different systems.
Xavi has expressed an interest in Bernardo Silva, if he follows in your footsteps by moving from Manchester City to Barcelona, what do you think he would bring to Xavi’s team?
Bernardo is a great player.
He carries the ball tied, has sacrifice, quality to assist and goals. And he can play in different positions.
It would surprise me if City let him go, he is a player who contributes a lot every season.
But everything is possible. And if he finally arrives at Barca, then he will be someone who can be key to the possession game that Xavi likes.