The Sevilla receives this Tuesday Manchester City in the Sanchez Pizjuan in what could be the worst moment of the ‘Lopetegui era’. start the Champions League for a team that is questioned by the fans and having lost three of the first four games of the Liga. The Sevillian team receives the biggest ‘bogeyman’ in the competition and, to make matters worse, Erling Haalandthe top scorer in the five major leagues in Europe.
The Sevilla will seek to achieve its first victory of the season against a Manchester City who is a clear favorite to win the game. those of Lopetegui They have not started the season well at all with a balance of three defeats and a draw in the first four matches of Liga. The sensations are really bad and they are very far from the team that has competed face to face with the great Spanish teams to achieve the national championship in recent years.
As if that were not enough, the transfer market has seriously weakened the Sevilla after having lost its two starting central defenders. The sevillista fans are not very happy with Monchiwho used to be a talent scout in recent years, but has not brought in players who excite too much. Marcao came from Galatasaray to occupy the central position, but suffered an untimely injury before the first game of Liga and will continue without being available for the Basque coach. Secondly, Lopetegui He only has the also new signing available, Nianzou. It remains to be seen who will accompany him in that demarcation, if a Rekis who already trained at the same pace as his teammates after being dropped against Barcelona or the converted Nemanja Gudelj.
By the Manchester Citythe English travel to Sevilla to get off to a good start in a tournament that starts as the clear favorites according to the main bookmakers. those of Pep Guardiola, which was praised by Lopetegui at a press conference, start the road towards Turkeywhere the final will be played on June 10, 2023. Those of Manchester they have the trick of a Erling Haaland who already has 10 goals in the first six games of the Premier League, being this the most outstanding player of the team.
Many were those who doubted the Norwegian’s adaptation period, but in less than a month the young striker has proven to be at the highest level and giving immediate performance to his team. At the group level, the English team has not started sweeping the Premier League after having won two draws against Newcastle y Aston Villaboth away from home, having a pending issue in the games away from home Etihad Stadium.
Fire test for Lopetegui
Not a month has passed of competition and Julen Lopetegui He is already beginning to be questioned by his fans. The Sevilla does not usually have such a low performance and since the Basque coach arrived in 2019, it has proven to be one of the strongest teams in spain. It would be too hasty to say that Lopetegui he plays it against him Manchester Citybut the result could say a lot for the future.
The Seville team is looking for its first victory of the year against the worst possible team. The Manchester City arrives at Sevilla wanting to send a serious message to their great rivals ahead of the qualifying rounds from February onwards. The Basque coach spoke at a press conference before the match where he wanted to praise Pep Guardiola as a coach: “For me, he is the best in the world. The best or worst is difficult to say, but from my perspective, in a very complex world, I think he has been able to give continuity to what he does and continue to grow in all the teams”.
On the other hand, he also wanted to highlight and extol the strength of the team in the face of this situation they are experiencing: «It is easier to manage everything after victory, but in defeat I think the team has been strong. Under the circumstances, the team has shown possibilities of overcoming big rivals at times and with the feeling of wanting to grow in adversity. That’s what I want to highlight from the team. If they rip out a lung and a heart, you have to try to generate a new one and compete. We will try to insist on attack. If four are not enough for us, we will have to generate eight and be more reliable defensively”, he declared to the media.