Match Preview: FC Barcelona v CF Villanovense
Barcelona always like to take the Copa del Rey sincerely as soon as it gets serious, but right now it really doesn’t, especially because of the opponents.
For Villanovense, however, it’s perhaps the biggest two-game tie in the club’s history.
The announcement of the team list brought us some really fantastic news: Barça B wonderkid Sergi Samper is finally part of the first team, even if it is at least for one game. He’s one of the best upcoming talents from La Masia in a long span, and he has waited too long for this chance. Based on the the few options at midfield, Samper will probably get a starting place on Wednesday’s match. Against a weaker opposition, he is in suitable position to have a great performance and effectively impress Luis Enrique. The coach is giving him a shot. Now it’s Samper’s turn to grab the brass ring and eventually earn Lucho’s trust.
All the biggest stars are given rest, and Munir El-Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez will have an opportunity to start together, playing in the positions they . Munir prefers the left wing, and Sandro is an efficient striker. They’ve been playing in the proper spot to replace Lionel Messi, and haven’t really been as good as expected. Now, against a team that concedes even more than a goal per game against their third division opponents, and are likely to start on the slots that suit them the best, they will get some decent scoring chances. A match this easy doesn’t really need Neymar and Suárez. It’s completely up to Munir and Sandro to confirm it.
In other spots, Samper and Gumbau will start, but Kaptoum is still just too young to be there. Enrique reqires a veteran player as a guide to the kids, and he has some tough decisions to make. Ivan Rakitic is predictably the obvious choice, but Lucho could make some really cool changes, personnel and scheme-wise. Such as, he could play a formation of 3-4-3 with Alves and Alba/Adriano as wingbacks, which will of course offer support to the youngsters. Lets find out the result of the FC Barcelona v CF Villanovense match.