09/19/2021 at 6:30 AM CEST
The Royal Society faces with optimism the visit of a Seville that aspires to everything, but with concern for the loss of David Silva, dreaming of taking the step forward that let you break at the end of the season the roof of the fifth square that has been its maximum in recent years.
The loss of Silva was decisive last season in the many games that the canary missed due to injuries, because his role in the team does not admit a substitute and now Mikel Merino will be in charge of carrying the weight of the game in the midfield.
The Guipuzcoans will need everything to beat a Sevillian team that lost for the last time to the Basques almost 4 years ago and that he starts as a favorite for this meeting, without knowing defeat yet.
Imanol Alguacil does not recover injured players so he will once again trust the block that has worked so well lately, with the probable reinforcement of Second team components like the midfielder Beñat Turrientes or the winger Cristo Romero.
Mikel Oyarzabal is on a roll, has great numbers and remains infallible as a penalty taker, although he did not have a good day in Eindhoven on Thursday. Isak and Januzaj arrive at a good time after scoring in the Europa League against PSV.
Sevilla returns to competition in LaLiga after a long break in this tournament, as His last game was played on Saturday, August 28 in Elche (1-1), and later the competition was interrupted by the commitments of the national teams and the Seville team did not resume it in the Fourth day due to the conflict between the clubs and Conmebol.
This meant that the team coached by Julen Lopetegui did not play last weekend when Sánchez Pizjuán’s match against Barcelona was postponed and that their first official match since the one played in Elche was last Tuesday in Seville against Austrian Salzburg, of the first day of the group stage of the Champions League, which ended with a draw to one.
Sevilla, meanwhile, despite the continental setback, Yes he started well in LaLiga with two wins, against Rayo Vallecano (3-0) and in Getafe (0-1), plus the aforementioned draw against the people of Elche, and now he has a complicated commitment in San Sebastián against Real, a rival that also this week has had European competition , on your case in the Netherlands before PSV Eindhoven, last Thursday.
Lopetegui, after Jules Koundé started last Tuesday, He has again this Saturday with the young French central in the training of the group after a few days in which he had specific work due to physical losses.
The fact of playing on Tuesday, doing it now on Sunday and having another LaLiga match on Wednesday at Sáncez-Pizjuán, against Valencia, can make the Donostiarra coach distribute the minutes among his players and that Koundé himself rests to leave the position to the Dutchman Karim Rekik, although Lopetegui revealed that the decision will not be made until Sunday.
Other players who were not starters against Salzburg, like the Argentines Lucas Ocampos and Erik Lamela, the danish Thomas Delaney or Rafa Mir, could have their chance from the start, as well as Swedish left-back Ludwig Augustinsson, the only one of the club’s six signings in the recently concluded signing market that has yet to make his debut.
– Probable lineups:
Real society: Remiro; Gorosabel, Aritz, Le Normand, Muñoz; Zubimendi, Merino, Navarro or Guevara; Oyarzabal, Januzaj and Isak.
Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas, Diego Carlos, Rekik, Augustinsson; Fernando, Delaney; Ocampos, Rakitic, Lamela; and Rafa Mir.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz. (Valencian Committee).
Stadium: Reale Arena. Sunday (16:15).