Despite La Liga being yet to kick-off, Sevilla have already had a congested start to their 2016-17 campaign.
However, albeit a valiant performance against the Catalans, they found themselves 2-0 down in the first leg. In vintage Barca fashion, the league champions took the lead via a slick team move finished off by Luis Suarez.
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With Barcelona having scooped La Liga and the Copa del Rey titles last season, cup runners-up Sevilla proved their opponents.
Despite Los Rojiblancos having underperformed in the league recently, they have a knack of coming up good in cup competitions. This trend has been exemplified by their capture of the last three Europa League titles.
Even by their standards though, a clash with Barcelona is always going to be an uphill struggle.
Their seemingly impossible task hasn’t been helped by the fact Luis Enrique has called upon both Suarez and Lionel Messi. Neymar’s absence proves little respite.
The favourites have flexed their muscles in the first leg by taking a convincing 2-0 lead albeit the first goal taking over an hour to muster.
It proved that opening strike that attracted the most attention with Barcelona producing a well-oiled team goal. A superb first touch from Denis Suarez teed up namesake Luis in the penalty area who executed a typically ruthless finish.
The classy Barcelona opener can be seen below:
In addition, a superb through ball from Messi saw the Catalans extend their lead as Munir latched on and scored appropriately. The goal can be seen here:
Consequently, it can almost be assumed that Messi and co have secured yet another piece of silverware. Albeit their best efforts, Sevilla will need to produce a minor miracle at the Nou Camp to turn things around.
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