Barça vs. Sevilla: Players believe in another Copa del Rey remontada

Barcelona beat Sevilla 6-1 two years ago after losing the first leg 2-0

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Jordi Gil

On Wednesday, Barcelona will attempt to record another memorable comeback at Camp Nou when they host Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semifinal.

Barça lost the first leg 2-0 at the Sanchez Pizjuan in a game played without fans, a factor which is usually so important in these types of fixtures. It will be the same at Camp Nou, the silence won't help, but Barça are hopeful.

Saturday's 2-0 league win at Sevilla has fuelled the belief of a remontada. After the first leg defeat, the reverse against Paris Saint-Germain and the draw with Cadiz, Barça needed a big performance to get them back on track.

The win against Elche lifted them from their depression and the performance in Nervion served as a display of what they're capable of.


Ronald Koeman changed the team's shape at Sevilla on Saturday, playing with three centre-backs to allow the full-backs to attack more, the midfielders to be better covered and leaving Messi and Dembele to find space to link in attack.

Regardless of whether Koeman sticks with the same formation or returns to a more conventional 4-3-3, the players are convinced they have a chance of turning the tie around to make the final at La Cartuja on April 17, where the winner will face either Levante or Athletic Bilbao.

Pedri pelea un balón con el sevillista Koundé


The negative spiral has stopped. The news of Pedri's speedy recovery from a calf injury has further boosted the mood. His presence is a key element in the building belief.

Messi is one of the players who helped Barça come back in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla two years ago. After losing 2-0 in the first leg, they had the same challenge. They won 6-1 to make the final.

There wasn't a happy ending as they lost the final to Valencia, but the Sevilla comeback is another reason to dream.




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