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Sevilla – Eibar

I honestly didn’t realize this week is a Champions League match day (the first of the year, no less!) until I saw that RM, Barca, Atleti, and Sevilla are all playing today. This is always a tricky turn, from international break to La Liga to European match within a week, so it’s nice that Sevilla has a relatively weak opponent today, Eibar.

 

I don’t think it’s a controversial statement to say Sevilla haven’t impressed yet this season. It’s reasonable to at least partially blame Banega’s absence, I suppose, though the team wasn’t exactly setting the field on fire before he was ejected in our first game of the season. Whatever the reason, I’m not really thinking today is the day to hope for Sevilla’s world-beating performance given that we’ve got a bigger, tougher match on Wednesday. So I suppose I’m just hoping for 3 points, regardless of the aesthetics, stats, or even scoreline.

 

On that note, let’s do this: nothing flashy, nothing even great; just 3 points. Vamos.

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  1. I know we have a busy schedule this month, but until we settle on a regular first eleven, it’s hard to know the potential of this squad.

    For me, the only 4 automatic names are Nzonzi, Banega, Rico and Escudero.

    Interesting that Geis already makes the bench, along with Juan Soriano, Kjaer, Corchia, Tucu, Mudo and Montoya. It will be good to have Mudo back.

  2. Jolazo says:

    I’m not sure how exactly that is set up. Sarabia at CAM I guess?

    Resting Banega after the international break (edit: he’s still suspended), although Mercado starts. He only played Argentina’s first match, suspended for yellow card accumulation for the second (stunning).

    I really hope this means we are saving Corchia for the Liverpool match. Correa as well.

  3. Looked on sides there. Really close either way. Great look from Nolito.

  4. Sarabia is not a box to box CM. He’s gotta play on the wing or as a CAM.

  5. Damn if only we could, you know, score goals.

  6. Yeah I don’t understand the experiment. He was our best attacking player last year. Why mess with a good thing.

  7. Great passing sequence though. Sarabia>Nolito>Ganso>Ben Yedder and off the post

  8. We’re loaded on the wing, so I kind of get trying to find him playing time elsewhere. But you can’t ignore his production.

  9. Ben Yedder has improved his passing and hold up play

  10. Too bad he hasn’t improved his finding the back of the net.

  11. Come on Nolito. What a ball by Sarabia

  12. ShendM says:

    Nolito extremely useless… what is happening with him?

  13. I thought he played well, just couldn’t finish.

  14. Lol Ganso again.

    Much better, Nolito.

  15. Mark_L says:

    Vamos! Nice one ganso! Let’s build on it!

  16. Gorgeous goal. Sarabia to Nolito give and go for the WBY tap in.

    And it all started with a Ganso tackle.

  17. Mark_L says:

    Brilliant play! Ben yedder!! We heading to the top!!

  18. That was a great team goal.

  19. Holy shit what a pass!

  20. And that was even sexier than the last one.

    Great backheel give and go from Sarabia to Corchia and Nolito finally scores.

    Sarabia MOTM imo

  21. Corchia looks like French Diogo, hopefully without the temper

  22. ShendM says:

    Ganso might be very beneficial against the weaker teams in this system. Sampaoli’s didn’t suit him clearly, but now he’s playing much better.

    I kinda like this thing… we are not playing the best game out there, but scoring goals and getting the 3 pointers… that’s all it matters. We are also killing off the opponent’s build ups and the only scare remains Rico… the guy is never 100% stable and his cross/set piece positioning is bad, needs to improve that quick.

    Another 3 important points tonight and now let’s see how we’ll fare vs. Liverpool, the first tough test along the road.

  23. Mark_L says:

    I think we look more stable under berrizo than sampaoli. Our defending seems better! It’s early days but I’m liking what I seen. We look like we have goals in us, we create chances and we been solid in defence.

    I think we could be stronger this season than last but time will tell! :slight_smile:

  24. ShendM says:

    I’ve watched Man Utd’s last couple of matches and our play reminds me of theirs, it has a lot of resemblance. Not the typical Mourinho defensive crap, but they kill the opponent’s play off for like 60-70 minutes and then start to attack and try to catch them off guard. The scoreline says 4-0 or 3-0 whatever, but it never truly reflects the match. You would think we annihilated Eibar tonight, but the truth is they’ve beaten themselves stupidly… and I like this, why not? We won with a great result, and bagged 3 points.

    If it works for the billions team of Man Utd, then why can’t it work for us?

    I’d take this over 70% possession without goals or losing/drawing pathetically, any given day! Fuck possession if you can’t do anything productive with it.

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