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If anyone was struggling to find words to describe our last outing:
Lopetegui, as any manager would, took all of the blame for the debacle in Miranda:
“Football punishes you when you don’t start well. […] We weren’t at a good enough level, and that starts with me.”
Hopefully it’s the last time we see anything of the like this year.
It’s a bit light in defense as Carriço still hasn’t fully recovered, and Diego Carlos is suspended. Óliver has also been left out with a slight injury. Munir has been dropped, while Suso makes his maiden appearance on the team sheet. Bono continues to sit out as well.
Projected XI: Vaclík; Navas, Kounde, Gómez, Reguilón; Fernando, Jordán, Banega; Suso, De Jong, Ocampos.
Alavés has travelled without Lucas Pérez, who is one half of their brilliant striking duo (8G/4A). Aleix is also unable to play due to a clause in his loan deal. They’ll have to rely heavily on Joselu to add to his own 8-goal tally.
After fine tuning the squad during the January window, much is expected in the 2nd half of the season. It could be a debut for Cádiz-born attacker Suso Fernández, to breathe new life into the Sevilla forward line. It would be concerning if Lope is struggling to motivate the squad after the good work that’s been done so far this campaign. It was only a week ago when the team was starting to find their groove. The fans will want to forget the Copa loss quickly and remember what strides were being made in the league.