When the history of this season is written, the whole recap will begin with a killer stat that compares the list of each game’s injured players with those games’ results. That stat will show that Sevilla wasn’t nearly as inconsistent as it seemed, but rather that Michel had a starting 11 he really liked…and not much else. At various times this season, we’ve been without basically every key player, and the absences have been obvious and costly.
This is significant in light of tomorrow’s visit from Valladolid because of the long list of important, missing players: Trochowski, Negredo, Rakitic, del Moral, Luna, Medel, Spahic, Fazio, and possibly Botía and Perotti. It’s a home game, and one we ought to win, but you could make a pretty formidable team just from the list of players who WON’T suit up today. On the (kind of) plus side, Rabello will get his first call-up to the senior squad tomorrow, so if he gets to play that could be interesting.
But you don’t want the mid-season home game with Valladolid to be interesting. You want it to be a boring, safe three points. Something tells me that’s not what we’re in for tomorrow, but we’ll see. Stop by at game time to share your thoughts and observations as Sevilla struggles to get their season back in order.