Negredo had Medel and the Sevilla faithful all a-drool after making his long-awaited return away at Zaragoza, which featured more than the usual bursts of attacking gusto sparked by the wrist-kisser. Medel was also back after serving an accumulation suspension of one match. Together, they are probably the most important players for our team going forward (even though saying that feels like taking Navas for granted). Medel anchors the back line and is essentially irreplaceable. Negredo spearheads an attack that would be impotent at best without him.
None of us actually saw much of the match because of LIFE, but we have read some reaction articles and news blurbs since. For one, Marca has certified that, in fact, Sevilla has a much better defense than last year. They also observe that Sevilla has a worse offense this year. Among other facts that can be picked out of the La Liga table and hardly constitute journalism, we find that Sevilla is 6th with 21 points from a possible 39, two points behind 5th (Málaga) and five behind 4th (Levante). Additionally, a recent criticism of Marcelino has been his rigidity with regards to the 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2 system. Yesterday we saw a new wrinkle with a 4-1-4-1 that saw Trochowski and Rakitic partnering in the attack. Unfortunately, I saw too little of the match to give a proper assessment of their play.
Let’s hope for more goals this coming weekend when we host Getafe.