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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona vs Sevilla

Sevilla and Barcelona are played on Sunday at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Wednesday at the Camp Nou the title of Supercopa of Spain and also the confidence of their respective interests in the projects of Jorge Sampaoli and Luis Enrique, after the defensive doubts raised in preseason.

Sevilla and Barcelona will again face each other in a final after the 2016 Cup, which Luis Enrique won in overtime 2-0, and the European Super Cup last year, in which barcelonistas also prevailed 5-4 in extra time after a vibrant party that rallied to Sevilla.

Sevilla Argentine Sampaoli be presented before their fans after the painful drubbing suffered in the final of the European Super Cup losing to Real Madrid and, despite the good game displayed at times by sevillistas, he has been left in the air any doubt about the idea of ​​Santa Fe.

Despite blind faith and the non-negotiable nature of its concept, Sampaoli faces a demanding test that should align its plan with the defensive solvency for the Sevilla fans ratify the reliability of the new project, although his team still in filming.

Nor can enter the call the substitute goalkeeper, David Soria, who last Thursday three phalanges of his right hand is broken and will be sidelined for five to six weeks, so Sampaoli must use one of the goalkeepers of the subsidiary.

Consequently, the area with more problems will be the center of defense and could give the opportunity to enter the newly built sevillista eleven Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado.

After winning the league, the Spanish Cup, the Club World Cup and the European Super Cup last season, Barcelona kicks off a new season quarreling, against Sevilla, the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain, a title which, if achieved, it would be the eighth conquered by Luis Enrique Martinez from sitting on the Barca bench.

The Catalan team will face this first act of the final without striker Neymar da Silva and midfielder Rafinha, who are disputing the Olympics with Brazil, and Marc-André ter Stegen, low goalkeeper with a sprained knee.

Also doubt whether defender Jordi Alba, who on Saturday returned to normal after exercise stringing several physical problems that prevented him released in preseason games, is able to enter the starting lineup.

The absence of Ter Stegen closed, for now, the debate in goal and reconfirms the ownership of the Chilean Claudio Bravo, and lack of shooting Jordi Alba would give the square side lefty French Lucas Digne, one of the new signings Barca.

And the central Samuel Umtiti wait their turn in the rear, where the pairing of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano has all the numbers to form the shaft.

The two doubts in the starting eleven will be the right side -Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal struggle to keep the position vacated by Dani Alves- and companion Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez pointed.

During these weeks of preparation, the players elected by Luis Enrique to complete the offensive trident in the absence of Neymar have been the Turkish Arda Turan and the young Munir El Haddadi, however, could leave the club on loan if finally the Catalan club closes hiring a striker.

Defensive frailty was the only but a team that, again led by a sublime Messi, has offered good feeling.

The aim of this Barcelona is to regain the strength to break back to Seville and achieve the twelfth Supercopa of Spain of its history, which would strengthen him as the team most capped gando this competition.