He has wanted to cover Sevilla so much in all competitions that he seems to have reached the peak of the season very touched in the mental and physical aspects. It was evident in Elche that the impact of the elimination against Barcelona was tremendous, showing a weak team without resources. A good Elche, orderly and practical, took advantage of that, which beat the fourth classified in the competition, which on Tuesday, with a 2-3 against, is obliged to a memorable performance to eliminate Dortmund in Germany in the Champions League . And on Sunday, in addition, the derby against Betis arrives. At the time that he was placed as even a contender for the title , Sevilla showed his worst version with two performances that left him very touched. Elche's was especially disappointing because Escribá's men dominated the clash for 85 minutes, to win the three points in dispute. Sevilla only really pushed in the last five minutes, when they managed to close the gap on the scoreboard with a goal from De Jong. Sevilla's step back has been so evident that it urgently needs reflection.
Touched by the elimination of the cup and without oxygen after the demanding months of January and February, Sevilla were an absolutely predictable team in Elche. Lopetegui tried to refresh the group with the entry of up to nine new players compared to the team that fell in the semifinals of the Cup against Barcelona and the result was disappointing. If you wanted fast legs, you found yourself exasperating slowness; If he wanted a sudden reaction after a few hard days, he found himself with too many doubts in the minds of his players. Elche organized very well before the innocuous touch of Seville, unable to accelerate or change rhythm, with footballers playing at a very distant pace from that of the new football. The cadence of Rakitic or Papu's game was astonishingly slow. At that speed, with such predictable football, it is impossible to dismantle good defensive structures.
ElcheEdgar, Barragán, Daniel Calvo, Josema, Gonzalo Verdú, Tete Morente (Josan, min. 75), José Raúl Gutiérrez (Luismi, min. 91), Marcone (O. Mfulu, min. 61), Fidel, Lucas Boyé (Diego González, min. 91) and Guido CarrilloSevillaVaclik, Jesús Navas (Suso, min. 67), Escudero (Marcos Acuña, min. 56), Rekik, Sergi Gómez, Gudelj, Alejandro Gómez (Youssef En-Nesyri, min. 75), Rakitic (Joan Jordán, min. 56), Munir (Óliver Torres, min. 56), Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampos Goles1-0 min . 69: José Raúl Gutiérrez. 2-0 min. 75: Guido Carrillo. 2-1 min. 89: Luuk de Jong. Referee Valentín Pizarro Gómez Yellow cards Marcone (min. 1), Lucas Boyé (min. 46), Barragán (min. 63) and Fidel (min. 91)
Elche, in great need, dominated the game at will in a very weak first half from Seville. Those of Escribá did not have excessive problems to anticipate the clumsy movements of the attackers of the Lopetegui team, trying to surprise their rival with aerial balls in search of Boyé and Carrillo. A simple plan, but very effective in the face of the incapacity of Lopetegui's footballers. Between the order of Elche and the irrelevance of Sevilla, the first half was lazy in football and, above all, very slow.
Sevilla's desperate performance could only lead to defeat. Elche, patient and competitive , had it after a mistake by Gudelj, which allowed Boyé to leave alone in the direction of Vaclik's goal. The Czech stopped as best he could with his feet, something he could not do in a play in which the entire defensive system of Sevilla creaked. Fidel entered after a throw-in and put it back with absolute ease for Guti to shoot Vaclik. A good hit with the interior buried the few options of Sevilla, unable to react even with the many changes that Lopetegui made. The sevillista shipwreck became clear with the second goal by Guido Carrillo, who finished off with absolute ease with his head due to the lack of reaction from Vaclik, a goalkeeper who plays with physical problems due to Bono's injury. Sevilla had a burst of pride in the final stretch of the game. He dared to launch, finally, on the goal of Badía, who made a save against Óliver Torres but could not with a good shot from De Jong. The just triumph of Elche did not go through difficulties. Sevilla, played in the decisive phase of the tournament, have no choice but to sit on the couch to reflect because the competition does not give truce. Dortmund and Betis await him in a decisive week.