Following the success of the Opel Cup in Mainz, the squad remained in Germany (Bad Schönborn) to prepare for the upcoming friendly against Hoffenheim. This match will conclude the 3rd stage of pre-season, before the team returns to home soil for their final 2 friendlies.
Two more squad members have joined up with the team in Germany. Sergio Rico has returned from injury, while Bryan Gil — who I don’t believe has even had time off — comes back after winning the Euros with the Spain U19 team. Reguilón is the only player who will miss out after injuring his right adductor, and is set to be out for 10 days.
After witnessing Sevilla’s best version under Lopetegui last weekend, much of the same will be expected to see if the team is finally starting to click. Will De Jong have a better showing after Dabbur stole the show last week? And will Pozo impress us once again? Our players haven’t exactly bought into the concept of “friendlies”, so expect another strong showing as these squad numbers are still up for grabs. Keep the winning streak alive!
Yeah that’s not our best team! However, all the players get a chance to get more minutes under their belts and impress! To be honest, we probs should look to sell kjaer. We might get ok money for him and he’s become a weak link for us past season or so.
I was behind on my stream, and as soon as the penalty was called, it lost signal. We were pretty bad in that opening 20-25 minutes. A lot of bad passing and poor marking at the back. Hoffenheim’s width with that back-5 has prevented us from finding the open man on the switch, and has stifled most of our attacks.
I can’t speak on the 2nd part of that 1st half, as i didn’t see any of it. But it stands at 1-1 at halftime.
When Ocampos broke down the wing after 10 minutes, and passed across the face of goal, where was De Jong, not even Munir at the far post, or was Ocampos just stupid for passing to nobody? All will be revealed eventually.
Jordan well below his normal activity level. Ocampos is a real bag of tricks, he’ll cause defenders a lot of nightmares this season. De Jong is a big worry.
We seem unable to intercept advancing passes and leave too much space allowing Hofen to look good and pick their passes.
Kjaer was the worst before getting subbed (due to an injury as it seems) but now De Jong gets the prize ‘worst player of the half’. He’s too slow, doesn’t contribute much to the play and sucks in positioning, not sure what to make of him but not a good overall sign so far.
I really like Diego Carlos… damn what a strong solid and aggressive defender, reminds me of Godin a bit, only if he had the header qualities of Godin.