So the trilogy begins against a rejuvenated Athletic Bilbao side who are unbeaten in 5 games (3W, 2D) after firing Eduardo Berizzo in early December. They aren’t playing like the relegation threatened side of earlier this season.
We all know San Mamés is always a tough ground, and our record there has proven it. I could only remember that 1st leg win in the 2016 EL, and a 4-0 win in 2008. They have a rich history in this competition, so this is by no means a cake walk.
As mentioned, this is a trilogy of games. We’re playing in the same stadium on Sunday, so it’ll be interesting to see how Machín rotates this squad. Lineups are out, so this is how we’re lined up today:
Looking like a 3-4-3…
Mercado - Kjær- Carriço
Promes - Amadou - Mesa - Arana
Vázquez - Silva - Nolito
…unless Machín does something else with Nolito. Carriço & Vázquez are suspended for the weekend game so they get the start. I’m only interested in 1 player today, and that’s Promes. We need him to excel for this team to go up a level. Either way, should be an exciting game.
¡VAMOS MI SEVILLA!
Not very optimistic but let’s see… a positive result might be on the cards tonight.
Athletic are really crapola as a team, the question is, are Sevilla’s second choice CDR players up to that level. The team doesn’t look too bad but there won’t be many sparks flying between Nolito and Arana. The bench is strong though and this is over 180 minutes.
It’s a 3-5-2 with Nolito & Silva up top.
Much better Nolito. Great ball Mudo. Good work Silva.
Lovely ball by Mudo, and terrific finish by Nolito. Great start.
Nolito answers his critics (me) but what was he doing seconds earlier, a blatant penalty and he tried to play on?
Is it just me, or Arana is so shitty…
He’s mediocre. Probably playing at a level too high. He’s not a liability, but he doesn’t really do anything well either.
Aduriz injured, hope it’s nothing trivial.
Now he scores, and is injured again, is he a Zombie?
Aduriz should be off. Clearly elbowed Carriço.
Vasquez’s trademark is to lose ball in dangerous zone…
Crazy, VAR says offside but the images say no.
Offside on the earlier move.
Not quite as often as Banega
Sevilla are really handing the game to Athletic, need to reorganize at half time.