So here we go again, Copa del Rey action returns in what should hopefully be a perfunctory victory and a completion of a job half well done 2 weeks ago. UD Logroñes are our second visitors from the north of the peninsula in a matter of days, and just like Sporting before them, they shouldn’t provide us with too many problems. They have apparently even left a few key players at home as their focus is on promotion from the Segunda B. However, as we all know football can be a strange game, and the team that steps out onto the field tonight must stay focussed and professional, and hopefully entertain.
Just as in the first leg, Emery will no doubt go for a mix of reserve and first team players. Games like these provide a great opportunity for fringe players to stake a place for a start, and also for squad players to maintain match fitness.
And besides, extra motivation will come from the fact that the Copa del Rey is a trophy that is winnable for us, especially now Real Madrid are out (LOL!). Sweet memories of winning the trophy just over five years ago in 2010 are only remembered by the supporters, as, such is the rapidly changing nature of our personnel, none of this current squad were part of that glorious evening in Barcelona (well, unless you include Reyes, but he was on the other team!). New memories like those above can be made with this group of players, and why not?
So, for tonight, an almost identical line up to the first leg would not be a surprise, the news that Kakuta may make the squad an interesting proposition.
The team from last time out was as follows:
Coke Kolo Luismi Diego
Reyes Curro Cristóforo
(apologies if positions are a little bit out, I only got to watch the final 20 minutes due to work)
So tonight we will hopefully see a similar line up, with Kakuta playing on the left at some stage, hopefully starting, with MKD or Iborra (or both) making way for some more from the youth team. Immobile has extra motivation to score a few tonight, and he was unfortunate not to have scored a second goal in the first leg that was ruled out for a perceived handball.
It would also be nice to perhaps see a change of tactics, and go for a more attacking 4-4-2, but I would be surprised to see a change like that, as any players that could eventually make the step up into the first team squad at a later date will need to be familiar with the system that is already in place.
As I mentioned in the previous thread, tickets for the game are €5 and €10, with season tickets valid, so it really is a great opportunity for many fans who could not normally afford to attend to at least get a glimpse inside their shiny newly refurbished stadium.
In terms of wider importance, the first leg gave us our first away victory of the season, and our form since then has been consistently good and getting better. With no international breaks to hinder the momentum we should push on again tonight and keep the feel good factor alive leading into the derby.
¡Vamos mi Sevilla!