Real Sociedad – Sevilla FC: Despite Januzaj, this was a bad game (0-0)

What do you get if you have two teams who actually don’t like having the ball? You get a lot of bad passes, unnecessary lost possession and a first half with just one (!) goal attempt. Real Sociedad against Sevilla was truly a bad game, a pessimist would even call it dreadful. Teams who want to beat Pablo Machín’s Sevilla might have learned a thing or two.

Question: does the manager of Sevilla love a good puzzle? Well, if you take into account that you have to start a game without your two top strikers who already this early in the season have a combined total of twelve goals. Then the answer is probably ‘no’.

In his search for replacing the injured André Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder, Pablo Machín didn’t manage to surprise. He put Luis Muriel and Quincy Promes up front, holding on to his successful 3-5-2 formation. Simon Kjaer, Gabriel Mercado and Maxime Gonalons sat out with an injury as well, while Real Sociedad missed four players: Joseba Zaldua, Mikel Merino, Martin Merquelanz and the unfortunate Luca Sangalli, who suffered a stroke last Wednesday but is recovering well.

Better news was that Belgian international Adnan Januzaj was again fully fit after a knee injury and started on the right hand side in the 4-2-3-1-formation of Asier Garitano, manager of the home team. Two new and exciting coaches battling it out. What more could you wish for? This was going to be a fun game, right?


The Januzaj-Oyarzabal connection

Well, it would have been nice if we would have gotten some some actual football in this match. This proved to be . . .

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Guillaume Maebe (28) loves collecting shirts of players who haven’t achieved anything in their career. Works for Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad where he focuses on football stories, online development and – oh, yes – tactical analysis. Played football until the age of 18. Nowadays wanders around telling people how his poor back has prohibited him of becoming a professional football player. [ View all posts ]

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