If we’d polled the site to make predictions about how our pre-season would go, there’s decent chance “come into our opener on a three game losing streak, and pretty exhausted from playing three games in seven days” would’ve won. And sure enough, here we are!
Similarly, I don’t think anyone would get any prizes at this point for predicting that Sevilla will take a minute to figure out which players go where, and do what, to best realize Sampaoli’s vision for high pressure, frenetic energy, and quick striking attacks. It’s not that I think they’re not going to be able to make it happen eventually, it’s just that I don’t think they’re going to be able to make it happen, like, TODAY. That doesn’t mean I think we’ll lose this game, but I do think if we win it’ll mostly be an ugly affair. And if we do lose I don’t think it should be seen as a concerning sign.
Season starts for real today, folks. Let’s do this. Let’s vamos.