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Managing Madrid Staff Predictions For The 2016/17 Season

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An optimistic outlook on the future.

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Gabe Lezra

UEFA Super Cup & Club World Cup Winner: Real Madrid & Real Madrid (because I'm hopeful that losing their coach and (arguably) two best players will have slowed Sevilla down...)

La Liga Winner: Real Madrid

Copa del Rey Winner: Atlético Madrid

UEFA Champions League Winner: Bayern Munich

Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1 winners (in that order): Chelsea; Bayern; (easiest choice ever) Juventus; PSG

UEFA Player of the Year Award winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon D'or 3-man shortlist and winner: Cristiano Ronaldo; Gareth Bale; Lionel Messi. Winner - Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top assister: Gareth Bale

Real Madrid breakout player: Marco Asensio

Most intriguing player to watch: Paul Pogba

Best transfer so far: Kante to Chelsea

Worst transfer so far: Sissoko to Real Madrid (if it happens);

Bold prediction: Real Madrid successfully delay their transfer ban appeals process to allow them to sign players during the winter window.

Lucas Navarrete

UEFA Super Cup & Club World Cup Winner: Real Madrid & Real Madrid (duh)

La Liga Winner: Real Madrid

Copa del Rey Winner: FC Barcelona

UEFA Champions League Winner: Bayern

Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1 winners (in that order): Chelsea, Bayern, Juventus, PSG

UEFA Player of the Year Award winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon D'or 3-man shortlist and winner: Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Bale (Cristiano wins it)

Real Madrid top goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top assister: Bale

Real Madrid breakout player: Isco

Most intriguing player to watch: Ousmane Dembele

Best transfer so far: Gabriel Jesús to City

Worst transfer so far: Leroy Sané to City

Bold prediction: Danilo earns the starting spot this season.

Om Arvind

UEFA Super Cup & Club World Cup Winner: Real Madrid & Real Madrid

La Liga Winner: FC Barcelona

I would love to back Madrid, but with 1 La Liga title in 8 years, it is illogical to consider us the favorites.

Copa del Rey Winner: Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Winner: FC Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola built an impressive roster embedded with a full array of tactical skills that should bleed seamlessly into Carlo Ancelotti's mastery of the Champions League

Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1 winners (in that order): Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG

UEFA Player of the Year Award winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon D'or 3-man shortlist and winner: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez (Ronaldo to win it)

Real Madrid top goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top assister: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid breakout player: Alvaro Morata

Most intriguing player to watch: Mateo Kovacic

Best transfer so far: Krychowiak to PSG & Xhaka to Arsenal

Worst transfer so far: Real Madrid losing Jesé to PSG & not attempting to buy Kanté or Krychowiak

Bold prediction: Morata will score 20 goals across all competitions

Timm Higgins

UEFA Super Cup & Club World Cup Winner: Real Madrid & Real Madrid

La Liga Winner: Real Madrid

I know I'm a total homer here, but I think this is the year to get the monkey off the back. But let me clarify, I don't think it's going to be a slam dunk. It's a legit three horse race.

Copa del Rey Winner: Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Winner: Bayern Munich

With Uncle Carlo at the helm I think Bayern has a legit chance to win it. As much as I wanted to put Real Madrid here, it's just so tough for teams to repeat. Trust me it would be very nice, but I'm going to temper my expectations.

Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1 winners (in that order):

Premier League: Spurs - As a Chelsea fan, it pains me to say that I think Spurs have put it all together this season and will take the title in a nail-biter of a finish.

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund - The race between Bayern and Dortmund will be tight. Tuchel's boys will get in under the wire to take the title and thus bring a halt to the machine that is Bayern Munich.

Serie A: Juventus - They've gotten stronger, though some could argue that they overpaid for Higuaín. I still don't think there is really a team that can compete with them. Look for them to win their 6th scudetto.

Ligue 1: PSG

UEFA Player of the Year Award winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon D'or 3-man shortlist and winner: CR7, Bale, Suarez. Winner: CR7

Real Madrid top goalscorer: CR7

Real Madrid top assister: Toni Kroos

Real Madrid breakout player: Asensio

Most intriguing player to watch: Nolito

Best transfer so far: Nolito to Man City

I think Pep got the best of the deal and Nolito will be a effective cog in Pep's scheme. Listen, I know most are going to scream at me about the Pogba transfer as the best or worst depending on where you stand - it's just a given. I think Nolito is a steal of a deal and will produce in the Premier League under Guardiola

Worst transfer so far: Gonzalo Higuaín - Overpriced and will most likely regress to the mean.

Bold prediction: La Liga will be won within the first 9 games of the season.UEFA Super Cup & Club World Cup Winner:
Real Madrid

Mike Platania

UEFA Super Cup & Club World Cup Winner: Real Madrid

La Liga Winner: Real Madrid

Copa del Rey Winner: Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Winner: Bayern Munich

Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1 winners (in that order): Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, & PSG

UEFA Player of the Year Award winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon D'or 3-man shortlist and winner: Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Ronaldo wins.

Real Madrid top goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top assister: Gareth Bale

Real Madrid breakout player: Lucas Vázquez

He could very well reach 10 goals and 10 assists on the year, especially with Ronaldo starting the season nursing his knee.

Most intriguing player to watch (can be any player in any league): James Rodríguez

He started last season in unreal form, scoring when he felt like before picking up an injury, and the year prior he played all over the pitch. He's not a one-dimensional, attacking player and could very well wiggle his way into the starting 11 again. This is a big year for James, and I really think the sky is still the limit for him. Zidane's showed he likes to rotate his squad and I have to imagine James will get more minutes than he did last season.

Best transfer so far: Not overpaying for Pogba. But if Real get David Alaba that would hands down be the best move.

Worst transfer so far: Not even pursuing N'Golo Kanté or Grzegorz Krychowiak

Bold prediction: Real Madrid finally take back the league title thanks to Zidane's emphasis on longevity. This team is as deep as anyone's and is built for the spring. If they can keep pace early and hold on through the winter, other teams will succumb to fatigue late while Real are still fresh.

Nathaniel Bauer

UEFA Super Cup - Sevilla (we'll still be shaking the rust off)

Club World Cup Winner: Real Madrid

La Liga Winner: Real Madrid - Zidane is going to drive one consistent, steady ship this year.

Copa del Rey Winner: Barca (we won't care enough to field our best 11 much)

UEFA Champions League Winner: Real Madrid - RM take down Bayern in the final. Understudy defeats mentor.

Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1 winners (in that order): Liverpool, Bayern, Juventus, PSG (all boring sure things aside from the PL)

UEFA Player of the Year Award winner: Ronaldo

Ballon D'or 3-man shortlist and winner: Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez. Winner - Ronaldo

Real Madrid top goalscorer: Ronaldo

Real Madrid top assister: Bale

Real Madrid breakout player: Kovacic

Most intriguing player to watch (can be any player in any league): Bale

Best transfer so far: If we get Alaba or some other sound LB. Coentrao won't be fit.

Worst transfer so far: I'm going to go against the grain and say that Morata bombs big time. He'll complain about lack of playing time, won't deliver when on the pitch, and we'll all wish we would have never let Chicharito go (or find someone like him)

Bold prediction: Real win the double and become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles. Also, Barca come in a distant third.