Sevilla coach Marcelino feels Athletic Bilbao have the quality to finish in the top four this season.
The Basque club have gone 10 games unbeaten after an unsteady start and Marcelino believes a great collection of young players will see them finish among the Primera Division's elite at the end of the campaign.
He told Sevilla's official website: "Last year they qualified for the Europa League. This year, with extraordinary young footballers, it is a team with great individuals but who are also good collectively.
"They ought to be challenging for the Europa League and Champions League places."