Sevilla – Barcelona: Neither Side Can Break Through In A Cagey Draw (0-0)
The laundry list of issues plaguing both Sevilla and Barcelona was on full display on Friday night. The two Spanish heavyweights traded few chances and in the end delivered a tepid performance. Above all, both teams lack the form and the force to deliver in the final third.
Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.
Two wins and six goals from two matches since the restart has done little to quell the concerns of Barcelona fans. Quique Setién’s side has had moments of brilliance, but more often than not have looked ponderous with the ball in the final third. The one-third of the pitch that is closest to the opposition’s goal. What is more, questions over Antoine Griezmann’s role continue to swirl around the camp, as the big-money signing remains a step out of sync with his new club.
Griezmann was given the start against Leganés in mid-week, but dropped against Sevilla, as Setién elected to revert back to a front three of Martin Braithwaite, Luis Suárez and Leo Messi. Playing in a 4-3-3 formation the trio were backed up by a midfield of Ivan Rakitić, Sergio Busquests and the marauding Arturo Vidal. In defense, Jordi Alba was welcomed back into the fold – playing alongside Clément Lenglet, Gerard Piqué and Nélson Semedo.
After a triumphant home win against Real Betis in El Gran Derbi, Sevilla came crashing back down to earth with a draw away at Levante. Manager, Julen Lopetegui’s side has struggled offensively and the Levante match was another example of the Andalusian side failing to capitalise on long spells of possession.  . . .