We have a massive week coming up. This match alongside a must win champions home match with Lille and the big derby at which is even bigger than normal due to current positions of both clubs in table.
This week will tell us a lot in terms of how we can handle the pressure in big moments and playing especially two la liga sides who are in good form currently.
I honestly believe lamela deserves a start for his performances. I would start him but lopetegui seems to think he’s more effective at being a sub to change the game when other team gets a bit tired and game gets more stretched.
I don’t want to see the 3 Dms employed here especially at home. To be honest I’d be happy with a similar midfield to the game against levante. The trio of Fernando, Delaney and Oliver is a better balance and there’s more pace and energy in that central midfield. I’d like to see Oscar get more minutes as he can be more creative for us going forward but we will see. I think for home games Oscar could be very important to us.
I do agree that currently we should probably have rakitic and Jordan on bench but it wouldn’t surprise me if he starts one again to keep that conservative approach a bit. As we know lope will still lope at times. As for the wingers I’d prefer lamela and ocampos to start. Still Suso has did decent especially on the home games and lope does seem to like to start with him. I guess he likes the fact he hardly wastes the ball but I feel lamela is more explosive and can change a game more with direct play, skill and pace. He also has a better strike on him as we seen midweek.
As for the back well hopefully we have Kounde, Carlos and Bono healthy and starting. It’s the full backs I’m concerned about. I feel navas needs a rest and lope should try to use montiel more. Montiel is young and very talented and we played a lot of games already with another big one coming Tuesday. Navas is 35 and probably shouldn’t be playing this much. The same for the left back position. I’m not sure if acuna is fully fit as seen against Mallorca so I feel ludwig should get the start and he was impressive against levante.
Keeper - Bono
Defence - Ludwig A Kounde D Carlos Montiel
Midfield- Fernando (DM) Delaney and Oliver in front
Lamela and munir/ocampos on the wings
Striker - Mir
It still too soon to start YEN after his long hamstring injury but good to see him back in squad. If he makes bench he may get some minutes if not we don’t need to risk him till maybe away or after international break.
It will be a tough one but I fancy our chances at home. Vamos Sevilla!
Edit: Actually to be honest maybe munir should continue to play. He’s been impressive in last few games. He has an eye for goal too. Maybe munir instead of ocampos