A resilient Sevilla against 'Godzilla' Bayern

Public in Budapest and the Bavarians, more fearsome than ever. Lopetegui appeals to his own virtues but has rehearsed with three centrals.


The public returns to the stands of superelite football although the rigors of the pandemic, growing in Hungary, Spain and Germany, means that less than 2,000 outsiders, plus the Hungarians who cheer up, will have the opportunity to give color to the charming stadium in honor of Cañoncito Pum, the Puskas Arena. They play Mia San Mia (we are us), that cry of belonging and above all determination of Bayern, against Never Give Up with which Sevilla turns their finals into a small Sánchez Pizjuán. Budapest hosts tonight a Super Cup with an unequal prognosis that faces two exemplary entities (follow the match live on AS.com). On a giant scale Bayern, capable of sustaining its mammoth structure through a very Bavarian character, not very international, and with basically indigenous resources. Less pharaonic, but so unique and special, is the personality of this Seville that Monchi's signings built in two stages, the second one inaugurated with more money for the showcases, again, and whose state of glory he intends to extend by defeating a club always fierce that these days of scoring begins to look like Godzilla.

Eight put Setien's dying Barcelona into the quarterfinals of the Champions League that he ended up winning at the end of August in Lisbon and with eight he also opened the Bundesliga against Schalke on Friday. Low-profile coach who arrived for a while and aims to stay a dynasty, Hans-Dieter Flick has lost the brain Thiago but has gained vertigo, even more so, with the signing of the vertical Leroy Sané. Gnabry, Coman, Goretzka, Alaba, Lewandowski, Kimmich, the lightning bolt Alphonso Davies ... This Bayern combines power and control with the precision of its most flourishing times.

Lopetegui will qualify the profound and dominating character of his team, one of the most possessed in LaLiga last year. The lack of Banega in the engine room and the Reguilón engine on the left are a mystery to be resolved by the Basque technician, who has rehearsed in the previous days with a defense of three to shield himself against the expected Blitzkrieg (that Lightning War of the World War II) German. Julen speaks of "showing the strengths" and not being intimidated by the size of the rival, in a purely footballing key, but perhaps he forgets an almost as important virtue: the recent but already legendary resilience of his team in the finals, also in the Super Cup even if he lost four of the five he has played, two of them (against Barça in 2015 and against Real Madrid in 2016) with the added pain of an extension. The Europa League of coronavirus in Germany, that of Bono and Manchester United, that of De Jong's goals against Lukaku ... showed the way forward to overcome colossal obstacles. That's why: whatever happens, don't give up, Seville.

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