Copa del Rey Valverde broken despite playing the pass to the semifinals
Warned Valverde on Sunday that Barcelona will have to get used to see Messi play only 30 minutes. What the culs were not expecting is that the Txingurri, determined that his team reaches the Champions League, will play the quarterfinals against Sevilla without their best man.
Messi not be in the Pizjun by technical decision. The Argentine enters rotations in one of the most important games of the year. Not to be measured to Sevilla, the team that has scored the most goals throughout his career (32 in 35 games). Neither is Sergio Busquets, who also rests, and Prince Boateng travels. It is clear that for Valverde it is finished to be foreseeable.
All this does not do more than add incentives to a party that has become one of the most classic finals of the 21st century. Every time that Sevilla and Bara measure themselves, we can appreciate the smell of metal, which is close by, which can be touched with the fingertips. The Barca set does not care who gets ahead; to the nervionenses and they are tired a little to measure themselves to the same rival. They only won the first end of the century, since the other six were on the Catalan side. Maybe, without Messi on stage, things will change.
Of the last 13 matches – including the one of this year's League – that have played since 2015 Sevilla and Barcelona, six of them have been final -quitting the European Supercup of 2006-. That is to say, that almost half of their confrontations have the prize of raising a title. And with Messi in between, the norm has been to win the culs.
This is different. The duel has arrived a little earlier, in the quarterfinals, and both clubs will be asked how a final would be. And forced to take it as such. Especially in the pupils of Pablo Machn, who have a pending account with Barcelona. The own technician debut with picadores in Tnger. He had already played some official match of the Europa League, but it was his first opportunity to raise a cup. It slipped between his fingers before a Barcelona practically in flip flops. That has not been forgotten.
And what really stings was to applaud his farewell to Barcelona, on his last big night, Andrs Iniesta, with the worst final that is reminded of Sevilla against an imposing Barcelona. 5-0 was the final result.
I ended up with Arias scar fired and Montella dismissed the following week. Caparrs put out the fire of the bench and was in charge of the signings in the summer. He has also suffered as a sports director what it means to lose a final against Barcelona. There are few left in Nervin who have not experienced it in the first person.
A night for oblivion and a reason to raise the morale of Machn's troop, who walks in a moment of doubt and a whole Bara at the gates of Ramn Snchez-Pizjun.
And it is in front of his people where Pablo Machn always finds shelter. I did not want Valverde's team in the quarter because of the wear and tear that it would mean. But in turn he knows that it can be the necessary stimulus to lift his men from the canvas. Harassed in San Mams and self-conscious in the Bernabu, the Bara, in Nervin, check if the local legend of "never surrender" continues to cause tsunamis by the Guadalquivir. The technician pull the one he has for casualties. Trust that the blockage is more mental than physical. For reasons to get up is not going to be.