Ronald Koeman has decided to repeat the same eleven with which he surprised the Sevilla this past Saturday at the Sánchez Pizjuán. The substitution of Antoine Griezmann, the third in a row, something that had not happened since he was a member of Atlético de Madrid in the 2014-15 season. With this gesture, the Dutch coach confirms that the French is no longer a priority in his system and that he is the great sacrifice of the new tactical drawing that he has imposed. After the victory against Sevilla in the League, he assured that it was no punishment. It’s not a message. The point is that we have decided to change the system and put Dembélé on top. We needed someone faster than Leo upstairs. It was a change of system, “explained the Dutchman as soon as the meeting was over. Then, Griezmann happily celebrated the team’s victory but it will be necessary to see how he feels what is already confirmed as a sentence.
The ownership of Pedri. The midfielder was accidentally injured on Saturday and ostensibly limped away. In fact, he had to move around on crutches to minimize the impact of his muscle problem but on Monday he already stunned Koeman with an individual training in which he showed his absolute recovery, as well as the next day in the last session before receiving Sevilla. Koeman has decided to trust the canary, who shows a great understanding with Leo Messi.
Koeman believes that the only way to beat Sevilla, one of the strongest teams in the league and Cup championship (they haven’t conceded any goals in the KO tournament) is to keep up the pressure and be strong when they don’t have the ball. For this reason has repeated his five-player defense, with Mingueza, Piqué and Lenglet in the axis of the rear, accompanied by Dest and Alba in the wings. Busquets, Pedri and De Jong link the midfield and Dembélé accompanies Messi in attack.