The rival is not one of those who at the beginning of the season you expect to win. Clearly not. But it is the moment. Y the need for points urges a squad that in Escribá’s three games as a coach has given hopeful signs of change, beating Eibar at home, playing a good first half against Messi’s almighty Barcelona, touching the draw against Granada …
Why not repeat the draw against Real Madrid? And why not go out and win? The team would surely accept a draw. Even in the speech of the players and the coach, there has been no talk of victory during the week. «Sevilla is a great team despite the casualties. We can get something positive, ”Fidel pointed out after training on Thursday. And they all agree when talking about permanence. “We are going to achieve it,” have repeated footballers and Escribá these days. The Valencian coach has had the whole week to train and specify technical notes. He was even able to give the squad a day off. As he himself assured, he has all available except Rigoni who, with his fibrillar tear in the biceps femoris two minutes after jumping to the Granada field, will miss several games.
Josan is already recovered. Escribá could use it at the start or wait until the match is a little more advanced so as not to load it with too many minutes and use Tete Morente as in the last game. But Elche needs to get more to the rival area. If not, it is impossible to get positive results. Lucas Boyé cannot always be trusted to get a goal out of the hat, as he did last Sunday. The magician of the area goes well above, receives and controls, gives the pass, opens the field with long balls, but needs support and more creation in the midfield, as well as the centers of Josan, whom the coach could reserve from the beginning, but the party must be alive by the time it enters. Elche cannot be waiting to reach the top only with strategy plays or far passes. You have to step on the opponent’s area and finish the plays.
Josan is recovered and could play at the start, while Mojica improves although the coach can reserve him
Johan Mojica has improved during the week. The coach said yesterday that he was counting on him, that they see him recovered, but he also pointed out that they would not force. The left-back had to leave the game at halftime on Sunday due to muscle discomfort and has trained outside the group. If they do not see it one hundred percent, Josema could play in his position. Or Cifu on the right and Barragán on the left. The rest of the posts seem clear. Elche would play again with a 1-4-4-2. Badia under sticks, central defenders Gonzalo Verdú and Dani Calvo. In the center would be Marcone, Fidel and Raúl Guti, with the possible variant of Víctor. Above, Lucas Boyé and Guido Carrillo. On the bench would be the goalkeepers Gazzaniga and Andreu, Diego, Helibelton -which has not yet been released-, Mfulu, Luismi, Pere Milla, Nino and those mentioned as possible above. Also a player from the subsidiary.
At Sevilla, Lopetegui assured yesterday that he will wait until the last minute to decide, given the fatigue that his players drag. At the beginning the starting goalkeeper, Vaclik, in defense Escudero, Gómez, Diego Carlo and Navas could come out. In the center Óliver Torres, Gudelj and Rakitic, and three forwards upstairs: Ocampos, Luuk de Jong and Munir. Men like Javi Díaz, Rekik, Fernando, Jordán, Suso, Papu or En-Nesyri would remain on the bench.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.