Sevilla vs. Barcelona Preview: Barça’s Clinch A Victory To Appease Supporters’ Doubts

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Updated: February 6, 2014
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Online betting favorite, Barcelona visits Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in an effort to assure their supporters that they shall not be losing their title this season. The club has been experiencing a decline of fan attendance since their unexpected slip in the La Liga table.

 

Match Date: 09 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

 

Team Form

Sevilla

Sevilla has yet to see how the narrow loss to Malaga can affect their performance against Barcelona. However, the defensive midfielder, Vicente Iborra stressed that their “unity” shall be their main thrust when they meet the incumbent champion.

 

The Sevillistas are currently enduring their second consecutive defeat, which makes their upcoming match even more important if they intend to enter the European competition next season.

 

But Iborra emphasized that the Champions League is still, a far flung shot. What is important as of the moment is for them to earn more points, win more battles and the squad can talk about their European stint. As for now, what matters is for them to survive Barcelona’s attack as they are capable of beating them in a “number of ways.

 

Iborra added that they cannot be immediately dismissed as the match’s minnow. He emphasized the club’s strong performance at home, which led to the downfall of other squads.

 

Sevilla currently occupies the 7th spot of the table with two (2) wins, two (2) draws and two (2) losses.

 

Barcelona

When asked about Barça’s declining popularity, the club’s top brass, Gerardo Martino  simply replied that it is hard for supporters to watch late night matches due to work obligations the following day. The head honcho also added that aside from work responsibilities he does not know other reasons which could justify the decreasing number of Barça supporters that watch their pitch battles.

 

The low attendance at Copa del Rey has been strongly linked to Barcelona’s slip to the second spot of the La Liga table. Atletico Madrid has readily overcame them in an unexpected fashion, which lead to speculations of Barça’s fading dominance.

 

Nevertheless, Dani Alves defended the squad. He stated that unexpected losses can readily impact the club’s fan attendance. Alves mentioned that it is important for them to keep on winning to keep the spirit alive and that they cannot allow self-doubt to sink into the core of Barcelona.

 

Alves’ claims were also supported by Martino, who elucidated that the best way to bring back the fans is to “play well.”

 

With regards to Lionel Messi’s condition, Martino insisted that the Barcelona talisman is at his 100%.  This does not refer only to his scoring abilities, but on how he moves in the pitch.

 

Due to the Valencia defeat, Barcelona is now trailing Atletico Madrid by three (3) points. Nevertheless, they present a strong form when they face the Sevillistas. They have only lost once in their recent matches and brag fifteen (15) victories out of their sixteen (16) away performances.

 

Prediction: Barcelona

Barcelona will definitely stand up to the challenge that await them at  Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The Sevillistas, however, will less likely to surrender easily. Expect a down the wire match as both clubs try to gain their confidence and the confidence of their fans back.
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