Athletic returns to Seville for the last time this season. After the four visits to La Cartuja (semifinal and final of the Super Cup and two Cup finals) and the obligatory one in the League to Villamarín, The rojiblancos close their tour of Seville today by taking on one of the four teams that aspire to win the domestic championship. Lopetegui and his players await the lions at the Sánchez Pijzuán (9 pm, with refereeing by Gil Manzano) with the undisguised intention of adding three points that will allow them to continue in the fight for the title.
Marcelino’s men have a difficult task against Sevilla. The last time the lions won in the league at this stadium, the Asturian coach was on the local bench. It has already rained since that 1-3 of November 20, 2011. What a shake, by the way, Athletic de Bielsa gave him that afternoon!
The eight subsequent league visits resulted in six defeats and two draws from Bilbao, one of them last season. Lopetegui’s team, despite everything, is intractable since they were eliminated in the Champions League. Since then, the people of Seville have played eight league matches, of which they have won seven, five of them in a row, and one tied.
Athletic’s balance on a similar path, excluding the two Cup finals, includes one victory, another defeat and six tables. The lions have made merits to score more points, but their individual failures, sometimes up and sometimes behind, have penalized them excessively. The rojiblancos, in any case, have always competed.
The eleven holder of Lopetegui tonight has the unresolved doubt of Kooundé, while Rakitic Y De Jong They have their options to enter out.
Marcelino, for his part, He barely gave clues yesterday regarding his intentions in the face of this duel. The rojiblanco starting eleven, in principle at least, should resemble the one that started against Atlético, without him injured layer. The fact that the call is made official today indicates that there are doubts regarding the status of some lions.