Barcelona vs Sevilla: The FinalBy Pavithran Chidambaram
December 17, 2018
Barcelona would be hoping to win the Copa Del Rey for the fourth consecutive time and taking the tally to record Thirty times. After a shocking defeat to Roma in Champions League, the Blaugranes are set to turn the tide with a victory and winning all possible title’s. Iniesta departure is more than confirmed, what’s a more fashionable way to bid farewell to the club legend than lifting a silverware. Sevilla may present an element of surprise who even silenced the Bayern and knocked out Manchester United. Post-New Year the Catalans suffered a dip in form with last three games showing their weakness.
After a major rotation in last league game and resting key players on bid to keep them fresh may do their part. Barcelona would need to be consistent and control the pressure which they failed to do against Roma. With Coutinho and Iniesta the Clues have more creativity and return of Rakitic and Busquets would help them control the game. Messi has been involved in five goals in last five matches in the competition and the last time he faced Sevilla he inspired the team on a comeback and somehow managed the unbeaten streak. At the end, the Catalans with their quality are always the favourite in lifting the silverware.
Competition/Round: 2017-18 Copa del Rey Final
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018,1am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Soria; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, N’Zonzi; Sarabia, Vázquez, Nolito; Muriel
Barcelona Injuries: No injuries, no suspensions
Sevilla Injuries: Sébastien Corchia, Simon Kjaer
Barcelona 2:1 Sevilla
Photo Courtesy: fcbarcelona.com
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