Barcelona survived the exit at the hands of Seville, in the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey, after compensating for its loss (0-2) to a three-leg win in the second leg without a response, today, Wednesday, to qualify for the final match.
Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, surprised everyone by placing Antoine Griezmann on the bench in Barca, to rely on the method (3-1-4-2), where he put Lionel Messi and Othman Dembele in the attacking line.
On the other hand, coach Julen Lopetegui relied on the usual 4-3-3 method, but abandoned Jesus Navas, Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos in his starting line-up, putting them on the bench.
The Andalusian team resorted to the defensive bloc in front of the penalty area at the beginning of the match, to prevent Barca players from reaching goalkeeper Thomas Vaslik, so that Barcelona’s players found it difficult to penetrate the defenses of the guests.
Barca players, their constant search for Messi, slapped at times when it was better to try to shoot than to pass the flea, while Dembele went against the trend and relied on his skill in one of the shots, which resulted in an early goal.
At the same time, Seville could not reach any dangerous opportunities for goalkeeper Ter Stegen, as the defensive tendency overwhelmed the players, which was evident in the frequent return of Dutch striker Luc de Jong, to support defensively with the midfielders.
Messi was limited to launching the ball from the middle of the field, but his charming passes and his attempts at Seville’s goal were almost non-existent, while the flea colleagues did not find any other weapon to hunt Seville nets, amid the ineffectiveness of the team leader.
Despite the clear control of Barca until the end of the original time of the match, it was unable to break the defensive block of Seville, due to the lack of solutions and the absence of creativity from his attackers.
Coman’s men, who were stunned in the last minutes, found a deadly goal from the substitute Griezmann’s cross towards Pique’s head, to save Barcelona, with an unusual solution since the start of the match.
With the two teams going to overtime, Barcelona decided to use the crosses weapon again, which resulted in a third goal through Braithwaite’s header, which decided the match in favor of the hosts in the end.
— Dear Lionel Messi (@leolabulga) March 3, 2021