A season in five days

The moment of truth has arrived for Barcelona. The Barça team plays the course in two clashes against Sevilla: Saturday in LaLiga and Wednesday in the Cup.


After being on the canvas after the tough defeat at home against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 (1-4 at Camp Nou), the draw at home against Cádiz (1- 1 wasting Atlético's defeat) and a disastrous first half against Elche, which they ended up defeating 3-0, Barça faces five decisive days against the same rival: Lopetegui's Sevilla.

On Saturday the Blaugrana team visits Sánchez Pizjuán in a decisive match for the future of LaLiga. Barça is third in the table with two points more than the Andalusians, who have one game less than the Catalans. If they fell in Seville, Barça would once again take a step back in their aspirations to put pressure on the leader of the competition, whom they now have five points within reach, but also with one more game.

If the League game can be decisive, but it is not decisive, the opposite happens with the Cup match against the same rival on Wednesday at the Camp Nou. There, Barcelona is playing the pass to the final of the Copa del Rey in complicated conditions that will require a 2-0 victory in the first leg achieved by the Seville team thanks to the goals of Koundé and Rakitic.

Given the situation in LaLiga and the Champions League, Koeman had declared before traveling to Seville to play the first leg of the Cup semifinals, that this competition was the most plausible option for his team to win a title this season. Barça already missed, precisely in Seville, another great opportunity when it fell in the extension of the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club after allowing itself to be tied in the 87th minute in a match that won 2-1 and ended up falling by 2 -3.

Barcelona bequeathed this decisive phase of the competition in a period of doubt. Barça's defeat against PSG left the team very touched and the players did not know how to react against Cádiz. Against Elche on Wednesday the level did not improve, but at least the game was won when Messi was activated in the second half.

After asking the "sacred cows" of the team to take the chestnuts out of the fire in a call that only Messi attended, and giving rest to some players heavily loaded with minutes, Koeman went to the double confrontation against Sevilla with the marked cards . There are not too many surprises in the line-up and he will probably face both games with the same pieces.

Only Araújo's recovery could support the defense, but the Uruguayan has been in the dry dock for 28 days, has not yet been able to train at the same pace as the rest of his teammates and has missed the last eight games of the Blaugrana team.

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