The two goals received against Barcelona in LaLiga last day have deprived Sevilla of being the team with the fewest goals in the major leagues. Dembélé and Messi, again rivals this Wednesday in the Cup (21.00, Telecinco and DZAN), have increased the number of goals received to 18. A figure, however, that allows the Andalusian entity to show historical records. The Andalusian team coach, Julen Lopetegui, has built Sevilla from behind. It is the first time in the history of the Sevillian team that they have only conceded 18 goals after 25 LaLiga matches have passed. Only once, in the 2002-03 season, had Sevilla conceded so few goals. It was a very different team from the current one. Also made by Monchi, current sports director, but with much less economic means at his disposal.
That Seville had a Notary as a goalkeeper and a couple of centrals that would mark an important stage until 2005: Javi Navarro and Pablo Alfaro. That team would end the season with only 39 goals conceded, the third best figure in the competition after Valencia (35) and Celta (36), although installed in tenth place. It was forming the basis of what little by little became a great team. You have to go back to 1986 to find a Sevilla with a number of goals close to the one conceded at this point in the season (19).
Sevilla defend the first leg 2-0 to slip into their third Cup final in the last 10 years tied to the solvency of its results with Lopetegui. The coach has directed 92 games for the Andalusian club in all competitions and has only achieved two results that would mean elimination at the Camp Nou. The first was a 4-0, precisely against Barcelona and in LaLiga last year. The second was another 0-4, in this case at home in the Champions League against Chelsea on a great night for Giroud (he scored all four goals).
“The support for this game is not what we have done, but what we have done. what do we have to do. What happens against Barcelona does not depend on what we have done, that is past water. Soccer is like that, we can't think about these data, no matter how good they are, ”Lopetegui said when asked about his team's numbers, insufficient for him to calmly face today's game.
alarm clock rings In LaLiga, only the leader, Atlético (16), improves the defensive numbers of this Sevilla; while in Europe there are only three other teams in the major leagues that surpass it. These are the cases of the unstoppable City led by Pep Guardiola (16 goals conceded in the absence of the game against Wolves); and Lille and PSG in the French League with 17. The fifth-least-thrashed team in the main leagues defends a 2-0 income in this round of the Cup semifinals. Furthermore, in this tournament, Sevilla have not yet received a single goal in the six games played (0-3 against Ciudad de Lucena; 0-2 against Linares; 0-1 against Leganés; 3-0 against Valencia; 0-1 against Almería and 2-0 against Barcelona ) .
Sevilla base their defensive security in the good moment of their goalkeeper Bono and the consistency that central Koundé and Diego Carlos give them , with Fernando in front. The Brazilian midfielder, rescued by Monchi from Turkish football for four million euros in the summer of 2019, could act as a third center-back against Barcelona. Ocampos and Acuña, between cottons, entered the list of summoned