Lopetegui: “Barça is the fittest rival in Spain and Europe”


The Sevilla FC coach, Julen Lopetegui, has assured that FC Barcelona, ​​which they will face this Sunday at the Camp Nou for second place in LaLiga Santander, is perhaps “the fittest rival in Spain and Europe”, and He has appealed to overcome “the difficulties”, such as the numerous casualties due to the ‘FIFA virus’, to try to surprise him.

“We go with the ambition, illusion and desire to face an important match against the most fit rival not only in Spain, I would say in Europe, by game, squad, moment of form and performance. They are one of the most important rivals that you you can find,” he declared at a press conference.

In this sense, he explained that the good form of the azulgranas adds an extra difficulty to the duel at the Camp Nou. “He is managing not only to win games comfortably, but also to play well and put in very good performances. What he has to do is motivate us to achieve a goal that we are very excited about, which is to play a great game at the Camp Nou and beat an extraordinary rival despite the difficulties,” he said.

In addition, he rejected any comparison that there may be with the first round match at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (1-1). “No two games are the same. They have evolved a lot, even in terms of names. Right now we are talking about one of the best squads in the world. Important players who have arrived, the change of others who had… the feeling is one of the best templates in the world and in a very positive dynamic. That is evidence that we cannot change, but we have to compete against that reality, with our weapons, to overcome an extraordinary rival”, he pointed out.

The Basque coach considers the arrival of Xavi Hernández to the culé bench has been key in the improvement of the Catalan team. “We are talking about world ‘top’ players and a ‘top’ squad in every way. In addition, evolved and with the appearance of players that are difficult to see together. It is difficult for so many young players of that level to come out at the same time, with veterans from a lot of quality. The mix makes them a great team, but we don’t have to focus on that and we do have to get there to compete against that,” he warned.

In another order of things, Lopetegui spoke about the state of the Moroccan goalkeeper Bono. “The medical tests have been done, he has not been able to train with the team until today and we will wait. Tomorrow we play at nine and we will see, because we have had a problem with some other footballer. Until tomorrow we will not know who is going to play, “he said. .

“We have been working with six footballers and with the non-positive novelty of Fernando’s operation and Thomas’s injury, together with that of another teammate. Logically, they limit the possibility of playing in Barcelona,” he continued, before assessing the stop by selections. “Really, in the end you lose 12 or 13 players and you can’t work with them. Unfortunately we have suffered from the FIFA virus. It has punished us with injuries, but that is part of the context and the difficulty. The most important thing is to react to it,” he said. .

Thus, he believes that it is “complicated” to find solutions to the inconveniences of the FIFA dates. “I can have my opinion, but the wind blows it away. I think you should listen to the reality of the footballer, who still has two legs, two lungs and a heart. Given the demands of current football, putting in 15 or 20 more games than a few years ago, it’s complex. It’s a reflection that should be done, but it’s one more opinion,” he concluded.

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