Halloween is over, it’s safe to open your eyes and maybe we Monchis should cheer up now. The team is still smarting from last weekend’s Halloween horror and they won’t need much motivation to sweep aside Slovan Liberec tonight. A win for Sevilla means qualification to the next round of UEFA league competition and guarantees that the Sevilla bank account amasses another million Euros. Then Sevilla FC can concentrate on getting three points from Espanyol and repeating last years 5-1 derby victory.
18 player squad announced: Varas, Beto, Coke, Diogo, Cala, Fazio, Carriço, Navarro, Alberto, MBia, Cristóforo, Rakitic, Rabello, Vitolo, Perotti, Reyes, Rusescu y Bacca.
Not in the squad: Jairo, Pareja, Iborra, Trochowski, Gameiro, Marin, Cheryshev.
Marin and Cheryshev are at the point of return while Gameiro and Pareja are rested as a precaution. But the surprise here is that Jairo, Trochowski and Iborra are not considered for this game.
Sevilla fans will be watching the Spanish squad announcement at 6:00 CET and surely Alberto Moreno will be called up again. Then it will be Emery’s turn under the spotlight, starting with his team sheet an hour before kick-off and later when play starts. Emery simply must rest some players, the available squad makes that a difficult task. With Iborra and Trochowski out, Emery will have to permutate between Rakitic, Mbia and Cristóforo once again.
At the back it is expected that Varas, Coke and Fazio will start the game. The big question is Cala or Carriço, Juán Cala seems out of favour but Carriço did not train the first two days of this week. It would be good to see Alberto Moreno rested and Fernando Navarro taking his place for this game. Certainly the back four will get a major reshuffle.
The midfield will be conditioned by where Rakitic actually plays and there remains the possibility that Reyes could come in as a link between centre and attack in which case Rakitic could have a rest. But I doubt that Emery will risk any radical changes in the midfield, he has pinned his colours to the mast and justifying his midfield has become a bit of an obsession.
There is a possibility that Carriço could feature in midfield, strange as it seems, he played in midfield on the South American tour and his inclusion there might give Emery options to liberate Rakitic. If anyone can correctly guess the starting 11, they’ll have my utmost admiration.
P.S. Cicinho is back in training.