Barcelona vs Sevilla (1-1): The first train crash in the league so far did not disappoint at all. Koeman’s new Barcelona measured forces against a Sevilla willing to take one more step – aside from his successful European career – and dispute the league title with the usual couple. The final draw leaves both happy. The Sevilla team was better on points, but this Barcelona has recovered sensations with respect to Setien’s. Good news for LaLiga that Sevilla show this level in a field like Camp Nou, where lately they were immediately showing the white flag with little opposition.
Major robbery at the Camp Nou!
A very clear penalty from Diego Carlos in the discount went unpunished and prevented Koeman’s Barca from consuming a triumph of great merit against a Seville contender for the title. The Lopetegui team proved to be more rolled and put together than a Barca that responded with a lot of work and without ever giving up its principles. The Barcelona team, without rotations beyond Araujo due to the sanctioned Lenglet, suffered losses of the ball but faced a full-fledged team. Coutinho tied De Jong’s initial goal and the referee, Gil Manzano, prevented Barca from winning.
Despite the loss of two points, the feeling that Barca leaves cannot be bad. The Barcelona team overcame a stage in which Sevilla proved to be more filmed and have the clearest collective ideas right now. Dominoes, in short. But Barca balanced things and the dominance was shaken, on top of the young people: Desti, a cheeky Pedri, Trincao on the right apart from a Pjanic to whom Koeman gave the decisive phase of the match.
The Andalusian team dominated practically all facets of the game from the start: they pressed, had the ball, and stole quickly as soon as they lost it. The Andalusian eleven beat Barca with a theoretical 4-5-1 that was actually a 4-4-2, as Ocampos came forward from the left-wing in the attack. Suso was on the right, reinforcing a spinal cord with Jordan, Fernando, and, ahead of both, Rakitic, to drown Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong, who lost many balls.
The two occupants of the wings, Suso on the right, who often left room for Navas’ rises, and Ocampos on the left, were sought out with continuous long changes of play from band to band. One of them ended up in a corner. Jordan took it short to Suso, who made a cut and centered. After a defensive rejection by Barca’s De Jong, Sevilla’s De Jong took the ball and with a dry kick, unstoppable.
Fortunately for Barca, Coutinho tied early, in Messi’s first pass into space for Alba’s rise that Jesus Navas tried to cut. He did it badly, so much so that the Brazilian picked up his rejection and beat Bono with little defensive opposition.
Despite that initial Sevilla dominance, Barca managed to play in a more defensive register, to stand up and create even more chances than Lopetegui’s team, who showed their teeth in an action in which Navas crossed too much and in another action after the loss of De Jong. Koeman’s team, who with the passing of the minutes pushed back Sevilla’s push, was close to the goal in a shot by Griezmann narrowly deflected, in an Ansu kick to the goalkeeper’s hands or in a thread from Messi shortly before the goal. break.
Second Half: Sevilla dominate again
After the restart, the Andalusian team started better again. Koeman exhibited his willingness to bet on the future by admitting Trincao and Pedro, although one of those sacrificed was Ansu, without a star this time, and another Griezmann, who again passed with more pain than glory and wasted a hand in hand with him. goalkeeper after a deep pass.
The changes initially drove the Seville team. A clearance by Araujo to the center by En-Nasyri went to the post, Rakitic shot wide and the central Kounde, who had lost Coutinho’s mark at 1-1, finished twice in two corners and En-Nesyri did it to the center of Navas.
A muscle injury to Jordi Alba led to the debut of Sergino Dest, who made his debut as a left-back, while Pjanic relieved Coutinho. Dest’s first action was quite a declaration of intent. Play down the left and pass to Messi, whose shot was rejected by Bono, who already in the discount avoided a goal from Trincao that would have turned the scoreboard.
The action that could condition the result came in the discount. Barca finished the game better than Sevilla. And Messi was the subject of a foul in the area by Diego Carlos, who stepped on Messi’s left foot, which he entered with everything when Leo had already turned to face the goal. A very clear penalty that not even the VAR notice made Gil Manzano review it.
Barcelona vs Sevilla: Match Overview