Real Madrid Y Seville star in a authentic league final at the Alfredo di Stéfano stadium, with the opportunity to get up from the Madrid disappointment at the gates of the Champions League final and the remote options of resurrecting his chances of fighting for the team title of Julen Lopetegui, who will act as judge of the championship.
The consequences of the impotence felt in the Champions League will be measured in a key pulse for the title. Real Madrid, inferior to Chelsea throughout the tie, felt that their project does not give for more in Europe but it can serve to be champion of LaLiga Santander. Everything goes through a pulse against a tough rival, like Sevilla, in which heavyweight footballers must rise to lead Zinedine Zidane’s team.
The Spotlights point to Eden Hazard after the image of the controversy at Stamford Bridge. His laughter with former Chelsea teammates just after the elimination of Real Madrid in the semifinals of the ‘Champions’, increased criticism of his lack of professionalism. With his continuity in the air and after never being in white for two years, the footballer that he was, the appointment against Sevilla is an opportunity to pay off a part of his debt with Real Madrid.
The casualties do not stop for Zidane in a record year. The last one again the captain’s Sergio Ramos just reappear in a black 2021. The defense is once again low, without any of those who started the course of headlines. Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Ramos and Ferland Mendy miss the appointment. Lucas Vázquez will not be there either. The French coach has no choice but to give up the defense experiment with three centrals and bet on what he has: Álvaro Odriozola and Marcelo on the wings.
The Madrid league options go through maintaining their good league dynamics. They have not lost in the last fourteen days and Thibaut Courtois, who kept his team alive in London until the 85th minute with his saves, has not conceded a goal in the domestic competition in the last four games. From the classic and Mingueza’s goal, it links 390 minutes of firmness.
The Seville by Julen Lopetegui, in his first appearance in Valdebebas, he arrives at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium with his main goal in his pocket, after to secure fourth place two days ago and his second consecutive ticket for the ‘Champions’, and with all the illusion in the world despite having been broken an unbeaten streak of 8 matches (7 wins and a draw) that has separated him from the fight for the LaLiga title with his defeat against Athletic Club (0-1).
Lopetegui’s pupils, who will not be able to sit on the bench due to suspension and who has ensured that he has no “thorn in the ground” after his fleeting stage as Real Madrid coach, are clear that they are not going to give up and travel to Madrid willing continue to fight, despite the fact that on Monday they lost almost all their options to fight for the League.
That painful defeat against Athletic has caused what could have been a life or death clash for the title in Valdebebas, where Sevilla could have reached a single point in the first two, has been partially diluted, although the Andalusian team does not renounce anything and continues with its match-by-match philosophy that can make it the ‘judge’ of LaLiga.
The Basque coach, who does not know the triumph as a Sevilla coach in the three games in which his former team has been measured, knows it, but remains cautious and only talks about “the most demanding match” and about facing it with “great enthusiasm “, a reality to which it is added that Sevilla will already play with less pressure and that they will give the maximum to put the League on fire and rush their options to climb some position in this final stretch.
To meet the challenge of improving his classification last season, Lopetegui will have all his potential, with his gala team that has formed the solid block that, at times, opened the spigot to be able to fight LaLiga for the ‘big boys’. Despite the annoyances of some key players such as the French central Jules Koundé, very few changes are expected in the eleven, to which Joan Jordán will probably return, after two games as a substitute, for the Croatian Ivan Rakitic and again with the Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri, his top scorer with 23 goals -17 in the League and 6 in the Champions League-, although the Dutchman Luuk de Jong could also come out as a point reference.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Marco Asensio, Hazard and Benzema.
Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Jordán, Fernando, Papu Gómez; Suso, En-Nesyri and Ocampos.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian school)
Stadium: Alfredo Di Stéfano