Copa del Rey The tournament tests the projects, expectations and future of both clubs
ANDl Seville and the Barcelona they meet tonight in the first leg of the semifinal of the Copa del Rey in a match that comes at an especially sweet moment for both teams: the Andalusians have seven wins and the Catalans six. Both clubs have placed great hopes and expectations on the KO competition and today they have the precious opportunity to get the first final of the season on track, although there is more than a title at stake.
For him Bara, the Cup has become an unquestionable and firm objective of this campaign, given its irregular start in The league and the difficulties exhibited by the last campaigns in the Champions League. It is the most feasible competition: the one that is presumed most acceptable. Tonight, it is not only at stake to step forward to caress a title but also to consolidate the questioned project of Koeman and to give arguments to Leo Messi so that it continues in the Camp Nou. After signing last season blank, the Cup is the great incentive for the culs. His great illusion.
But Koeman it won’t be easy. At the excellent moment of Seville is added the large number of casualties he has for crossing the Pizjun. Add eight KO players: Dest, Araujo, Piqu, Sergi Roberto, Coutinho, Ansu Fati, Pjanic and Braithwaite. Especially delicate is the situation in his defensive line, where he has four absences. However, it has its main argument: Messi, which I booked in The league against him Betis So it would be fresh for tonight
Yes for him Barcelona the Cup has become a priority, due to the fact of being able to lift a title in a year of transition, for Sevilla it is the shortest way to savor the glory again in that project Monchi-Lopetegui That grows day by day and the ceiling cannot be guessed at. The Andalusian club was made in August with the Europa League and a month later he put the Bayern, brushing with the fingertips the European Super Cup. Now, as the Bara, lives at a significant distance from Athletic in League, without giving up anything. As for the Champions League, no matter how much his crossing puts him in a position to go to the next round, it is seen as a chimera to be able to do something even more important.
After fighting to reach the semi-finals, all eyes are on the Copa del Rey. Obviously, no one wanted a cross with the Barcelona, executioner of the sevillistas (in the final) in 2016 and 2018. Once he has played, Lopetegui He is trying to find a way to harm a Barça team that is frightening because of its offensive production, but it opens up a ray of hope due to its problems behind, aggravated by its absences due to injury.
The low of Ocampos makes the Basque coach rethink the best formula to have a competitive team. In a duel of this level, the body asks you to have one more player with control in the center of the field, leaving the left side a little. For this reason, the Papu gmez outstrips Munir to start from that area of the field. Reinforce the environment and discuss possession by Barcelona. Second-line players, like Ivn rakitic, Joan Jordn or own Papuan will be essential to cause the error in a Bara used to defensive gifts. The Seville do not reserve anything or anyone. The Barcelona, neither. The Copa del Rey it matters, and a lot. To both.