Seville Y I raised are measured this Thursday at the premiere this season of Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán with the shared objective of endorsing its good starts in LaLiga Santander, two and a half months after the last appearance of the Hispanics in their stadium before their journey in Germany which led him to win his sixth Europa League.
Sevilla made their debut in LaLiga on Sunday with a victory in Cádiz (1-3), where they came back from 1-0 with goals from the Dutchman Luuk de Jong and already in the final stretch of the Spanish-Moroccan Munir El Haddadi and the Croatian Ivan Rakitic, to having started to compete later after that final won on August 16 at Inter Milan and the Super Cup lost last Thursday against Bayern Munich.
Their coach, Julen Lopetegui, has warned that they will have to show a great level and intensity against a Levante whom he has praised, for maintaining his solid block, the same coach and the same style as last season, praise to which his counterpart Paco López when speaking of the “transatlantic” that is Seville.
The Basque has had a little more time to prepare for his debut this season at the Nervión stadium, in relation to the 67 hours he had from the Super Cup to the clash at the Ramón de Carranza, where he made five changes to the eleven, although then he pulled from the bench to come back with important people who could be at the beginning against the Levantinists.
These are the cases of the medium Joan Jordán, who would accompany the Brazilian Fernando – he rested in Cádiz – and Rakitic; Munir, who scored a goal and an assist and who disputed a position with Suso, a starter at Carranza, and even Oscar Rodríguez; and De Jong, who would take over from Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri, who was not fine in the definition.
With the almost certain loss again of Carlos Fernández -who could leave in this final stretch of the market- and the doubt of the squad Bryan Gil, both with muscular discomfort, a fixed line like the French central Jules Koundé will return to eleven in Cádiz, and perhaps the left-handed side Sergio Escudero for the Argentine Marcos Acuña.
Meanwhile, Levante appears in the Sánchez-Pizjuán, very reinforced after their brilliant victory in Pamplona against Osasuna by 1-3 and will try to maintain their good game in a field in which they have only won once in the First Division.
His coach, Paco López, has left Hernani, Pablo Martínez, Manzanara, Sergio León, Arturo Molina and Rochina off the list.
The coach has not wanted to give clues about the eleven that will line up against Sevilla, but has announced that he will make changes compared to the last game, since next Sunday he receives Real Madrid.
In this way, and except for surprise, he will maintain the defense with Miramón, Vezo, Postigo and Clerc, although Toño could enter the left-handed side to rest the Catalan defender.
The Valencian coach, however, could return to his more usual system and play with four midfielders, so that Melero or Bardhi could lose their place in the starting team after the good game made by the Malsa-Vukcevic couple.
The Serbian Nemanja Radoja could also give rest to a player in the center of the field, while in attack, after having scored a goal each in El Sadar, Morales and Roger will be, in principle, the two offensive assets of Levante. The ‘commander’ has 3 goals and will look for his third game in a row of the season by scoring.
Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Jordán, Fernando, Rakitic; Ocampos, De Jong, Munir or Suso.
I raised: Aitor; Miramón, Vezo, Postigo, Clerc or Toño; Campaña, Malsa, Vukcevic, Melero or Bardhi, Morales and Roger.
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Catalan Committee).
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.