Barcelona vs Sevilla LIVE Football Score 05/02/2023

Barcelona vs Sevilla LIVE Football Score 05/02/2023

After grabbing a 2-1 victory away at Real Betis on Wednesday, Barcelona will now face the other Seville-based side, as Sevilla are set to take to the Camp Nou pitch on Sunday. Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski scored one each after the break to lead the Blaugrana to their 16th victory in 19 LaLiga Santander games this season. The hosts remain top of the league table with 50 points, while Sevilla currently sit 13th with 21 points. Jorge Sampaoli’s side have managed to escape from the relegation zone after grabbing a well-earned 3-0 victory at home against a struggling Elche, but now face a very different test

The Spotify Camp Nou prepares to light up its massive floodlight once again on Sunday night when Barcelona take on Sevilla on Matchday 20 of La Liga. Halfway through the season, the Catalans sit pretty on top of the league standings, five points clear of Real Madrid. However, it is safe to say that the most crucial part of the season arrives now in the form of congested fixtures and non-stop travel. Xavi Hernandez’s men face off against Jorge Sampaoli’s men before they travel to Estadio de La Ceramica midweek. The Seville-based side sit 13th on the league table and are clearly far from where they would wish to be.

In 19 games so far this season, Sevilla have won just five games and lost eight. They have managed to score 21 goals in that duration but have also conceded a whopping 26 times. Barça Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Barcelona vs Sevilla. It took a long time for Xavi Hernandez to wrap his head around the best XI he had at his disposal. The so-called ‘Gala team’ has been in the making for over a year, but there always seemed to be something lacking. It was only when the manager took the road not taken that the switch suddenly clicked. As he fiddles around more with the unconventional formation, it became increasingly clear that a four-man midfield suited the Barcelona squad.

Xavi has thus stuck with the working formula in recent games. His setup now comprises of Sergio Busquets as the lone pivot with Frenkie de Jong and Pedri as the interiors. While the former does venture forward in attacks, he has a significant role in holding the fortress, while Pedri is given a more free run in the final third. Gavi forms the final cog, starting on the left wing and drifting centrally to make menacing runs into the box. The newfound system undoubtedly suits the Catalans, but there are questions about its sustainability in the given schedule. Since the setup requires all four of Xavi’s top midfielders to be on the field, it is not feasible to use it in every game.

Barcelona face a hectic run of games in the coming weeks, going up against Villarreal, Manchester United twice and then heading into three Clasicos, rotation is a must. Thus, the manager could be tempted to explore a different formation against a struggling Sevilla.

One of Xavi’s best options could be to revert to a traditional 4-3-3 on the night, bringing back Ansu Fati or Ferran Torres into the starting lineup. The Spaniard would start on the left, with Lewandowski and Raphina completing the forward trident.It’s a difficult opponent despite where they are in the table. But they are a great team. I think we are talking about a great coach, he knows how to work the defensive aspect, to apply the high press. Tomorrow will be difficult, they are physically strong, they can make life difficult. I think we are coming into the match in good form but tomorrow is a different exam and we need to get the three points.

I think that we are comfortable in whichever system. We have also played great games with two wingers. It depends on the players, also how they react when they lose the ball. It’s not about the system, it depends on the players, but we are just as comfortable. It doesn’t change much, with the four midfielders, they help the team. We work together and we have the same thought. It’s his decision. We are waiting for what he decides. We respect him. We want him to do what he’s comfortable with. He’s won the right to decide his future. If he continues then I will be very happy.He hasn’t played for a few games. We spoke. He needs rhythm, he needs games, with his age he can’t have 3-4 matchdays without playing. We agreed on this, it’s nothing new.

He’ll play with the B team, get that competitive rhythm so he’s ready when we need him.We miss a player that goes one on one. He’s the best in the squad at that. He can beat defenders. He always generates situations of two against one but Raphinha can do the same, Ansu, Ferran. We want to play the same way whoever is on the field. It’s true we lose the ability that Ousmane has but we win in others.I think it benefits the entire team. We lose less balls when there are more midfielders. We are more together, more united. We regain possession quicker as well. He’s always been indispensable for me, regardless of how we play. To play between the lines, to attack, to defend, he’s got technical qualities, he’s got all the conditions a central midfielder needs when they play at Barcelona. I like how he plays and that’s why I use him so much.

No. I think we are a candidate which is one of the objectives but not favorites. We are competing against the defending champions of the league and the Champions League and it will be difficult to win this title against a strong Madrid. La Liga will go down to the wire. I still see Madrid very strong despite being five points down.I want him here. I want to have patience with him. Things will get better for him. He’s an asset for the club, we have a lot of trust. He will get back to his best. I have a lot of confidence in him. His mentality in the training sessions makes me very happy. We have to have patience. He needs time. He’s still only 20. Patience. He’ll get better. Now is not the time to talk about player sales.

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