Enough is enough. As they always say, “eleven’s a charm”. It’s time for us to win away from the Sanchez Pizchuan in this La Liga season.
The team’s confidence could not be higher going in to this match. But honestly my biggest concern is that we might feel too confident having just annihilated Celta Vigo at home midweek in the Copa del Rey.
But we should be fooled. Celta are a very good team. They are just two points behind us in the standings for a reason. They had an off night. They were embarrassed. They know it. And they will be looking for redemption and blood. So our beloved team needs channel both confidence and caution in this match. I’m expecting it to be one of the most heated matches of the season.
Working in our favor, Celta will be missing a few of their best players. Nolito and Fontas are still hurt and Hugo Mallo and Orellana are both suspended for the match. Meanwhile, we should be almost fully healthy. Coke, Cristoforo, and Tremoulinas will have some rest and are not on the team list while we see old friends Fazio and Diogo back in. We have to play our very best team here, we can rotate heavily and rest midweek. But lets be honest, none of us have a clue what Emery will choose.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Bilbao and Villareal battled to a mind numbing 0-0 draw and so the door to the Champions League creaks ever slightly wider. But we need to seize these opportunities for them to matter. Champions League qualification is essentially our number one goal every season. Having dug ourselves an early hole in the league standings, its only by winning these tough away matches that we will really be able to challenge for that beloved fourth spot. Winning on Sunday away to a direct rival is where it starts.
Celta Vigo 1 – 2 Sevilla
3 points. VAMOS!!!!!
Team list: Rico, Soria, Mariano, Rami, Kolo, Fazio, Escudero, Iborra, Carriço, N’Zonzi, Banega, Diogo, Konoplyanka, Reyes, Vitolo, Krohn-Dehli, Gameiro, Llorente and Muñoz