In an attempt to avoid a 3rd straight scoreless match, Lopetegui may look for different combinations in midfield & attack. With Jordán serving his red-card suspension, all signs point to Óliver Torres to be the next man up. We have clearly been lacking creativity and decisiveness in the final third. Will the ex-Porto man be the one to breathe new life into Sevilla’s attacking play?
Lopetegui: “Eibar was the rival that did the most damage to us last year here.”
This was also the rival against which Ocampos had to become the emergency goalkeeper, and make a save from his then opposite number, Dmitrović. The Argentine was absent for Friday’s training and is seen as doubtful for the Eibar match. Kounde continues to miss out as he awaits a negative COVID test. Idrissi is nearing a full recovery, while Gnagnon is still training separately.
Projected XI (4-3-3): Bono; Navas, Sergi Gómez, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Fernando, Rakitić, Óliver; Suso, De Jong, Munir.
As mentioned by Julen, Mendilibar’s side is often difficult to play against, and “demand a lot from all aspects.” They will also have the chance to deploy our own Pozo & Bryan, as there are no clauses preventing them in playing against us. But despite the opponent, Sevilla will have to find form soon after dropping points in consecutive La Liga matches. With Champions League games every week, will the players maintain focus to keep competing on the league front?
Lopetegui: “All competitions are important, but LaLiga is the tournament of regularity, the one that feeds us and where we have to compete under any circumstance."
No but he certainly doesn’t need to be dropped either. I remember back in the Sampaoli, Berrizzo days we would rest the starter keeper before UCL games. Seem to remember a beating AT Eibar just before one game when Sirigu played instead of Sergio Rico.