Barcelona vs Sevilla Lopetegui’s men take a point
Barcelona’s new era had looked full of promise in their first two matches this season… but then Sevilla arrived.
Julen Lopetegui’s well drilled side stifled their Catalan opponents at the Camp Nou on Sunday night, holding them to a 1-1 draw after two early goals.
The result and match show that Ronald Koeman still has a lot more work to do before his revolution is complete at Barcelona.
Even the best players make mistakes and that was certainly what happened to Jesus Navas for Barcelona’s equaliser.
The Sevilla right-back was able to cut out Lionel Messi’s ball to Jordi Alba but, in doing so, he put it on a plate for Philippe Coutinho.
It was a memorable moment for Coutinho, who netted his first goal back at Barcelona after his loan spell at Bayern Munich.
After two good performances against Villarreal and Celta Vigo in LaLiga Santander, the Brazilian got himself on the scoresheet at the Camp Nou.
His equaliser was well taken, as he strode on to Navas’ interception and fired it into the back of the net with Bono stranded.
Lopetegui has firmly made his mark on this Sevilla team.
The Andalusian side have enjoyed an outstanding few weeks that has included Europa League glory, a well fought UEFA Super Cup against Bayern and now a draw at the Camp Nou.
Much of it has had to do with their coach, relegated to the stands for Sunday’s game after being sent off against Levante in midweek.
Another game, another disappointing display from Antoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman, who was unable to produce his best form under Quique Setien, isn’t having the best of times with Koeman either.
After being taken off in the first half following Clement Lenglet’s sending-off against Celta Vigo, the Barcelona No.7 was once again the first player to be substituted against Sevilla.
What’s going on with Ousmane Dembele?
The winger was left on the bench by Koeman at the Camp Nou, watching Francisco Trincao and Pedri play instead of him.
The transfer window shuts on Monday and a move to Manchester United is still very much up in the air following their heavy defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
Jules Kounde once again showed by he’s attracting interest from some of the top clubs in Europe.
Manchester City knocked at the door earlier this summer, only to see their offers rejected by Sevilla, who value the defender extremely highly.
Against Barcelona, he won all his individual duels, putting in a solid display alongside Diego Carlos at centre-back.