Four days after facing each other in LaLiga, Barcelona and Seville meet again at the turn of the Copa del Rey semifinals, this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. at the Camp Nou, with access to the final at stake, and with a grown Barça team that will try to overcome the 2-0 of the Julen Lopetegui team of the going.
Barça go to the game with confidence after having beaten Sevilla (0-2) last Saturday: league victory, team vindication and assault on second place of the classification. With this panorama, the barcelonistas face the mission of turning the tie around.
They will try with the absences due to injury of the attackers Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho and the doubt of the midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who did not play the last league game due to a sore right ankle.
However, they did not have the miraculous recovery of midfielder Pedri González, who left the last match injured due to a muscle stretch in the soleus of his left leg and who trained normally today.
In defense, Sergi Roberto’s loss is joined by the annoyances of Ronald Araujo, who withdrew with problems from last Saturday’s game and who trained on the sidelines this Tuesday.
If Araujo is finally not in conditions, it will be necessary to see if Koeman is able to bet on repeating the 3-5-2 that he successfully recovered in the last duel against the Andalusian team. Then yesIt was Samuel Umtiti who would form with Clement Lenglet and Gerard Piqué on the axis of the rear.
The bet would be completed with Jordi Alba and Sergiño Dest as lanes, Sergio Busquets in the defensive pivot, and Frenkie de Jong and Pedri as interiors.
Although another possibility would be to seat Pedri from the beginning and delay the position of Leo Messi to leave Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, who did not play for a minute last Saturday, as offensive referents.
Sevilla travels warned that they must be one hundred percent to compete for the pass to the final for the Barça team and assert the income achieved in the first leg played at the Sánchez Pizjuán on February 10.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams so far this season and the second in five days, after last Saturday they met at the Nervión stadium in the LaLiga second round match, which won Ronald Koeman’s 0-2, with which he returned Julen’s Lopetegui that 2-0 that he now defends in the Cup.
The other game that both played in this campaign was on the fifth day of LaLiga and then Sevilla achieved a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou last October, with a goal from the Netherlands’ Luuk de Jong who advanced the Sevilla team at eight minutes. and another by Brazilian Coutinho two minutes after the score was balanced.
That result would classify Sevilla for the final to be played in the middle of next April precisely in the Andalusian capital, at the La Cartuja stadium, but Lopetegui’s team did not leave a good taste in the mouth last Saturday against a rival who showed higher.
The Cup tie of three years ago is also in the memory, in the quarters, the previous time they met in this tournament, when the Sevilla players achieved a 2-0 in the first leg but were lowered 6-1 in the second leg, which puts the people of Seville on high alert.
The Gipuzkoan coach insists that what was done in the first leg of Sánchez Pizjuán was a provisional result of a match of at least 180 minutes that would continue at the Camp Nou, which predicts many difficulties in the face of the potential of the opponent.
Lopetegui, after studying what happened last Saturday in the league tournament, outlines the preparation for Wednesday’s match, for which will use its holder block, with the possible exception of Argentine internationals Lucas Ocampos and Marcos Acuña, who have been injured in recent weeks.
In spite of the fact that they are rushing deadlines in the recovery, it seems early for them to regain prominence in this Cup match. The left-back Acuña retired suffering from a fibrillar tear in the left thigh just a month ago and his reincorporation to the group is progressive, while winger Ocampos suffered a grade II sprain to his left ankle on February 6 against Getafe, which is progressing favorably.
Players who were not starters in the previous match, such as Suso Fernández, Óliver Torres or the Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri, could return from the beginning to the detriment of others such as the Dutch Luuk de Jong, the Argentine Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez or the Croatian Iván Rakitic.
In this sense, the coach announced this Tuesday in the press conference prior to the crash and after the training he led in the sports city that “everyone” will travel to Barcelona, including Ocampos and Acuña, and that in the Catalan capital they will decide on the state in the form of their players and the best ‘eleven’ to face the crash.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Umtiti; Dest, Messi, Busquets, De Jong, Jordi Alba; Dembélé y Griezmann.
Sevilla: Bond; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Fernando, Jordan; Suso, Oliver Torres, Munir; and En-Nesyri.
Referee: Sánchez Martínez (Murcian Committee).
Stadium: Camp Nou.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.