Barcelona and Sevilla could not find a decisive breakthrough on Sunday and had to settle for a point each in their La Liga meeting.
Barcelona and Sevilla saw an end to their perfect start to La Liga, thanks to a 1-1 draw between the duo at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Goals within minutes of one another in the first half ensured that either side got one point, giving Real Madrid a clear sight at the top of the table, though both clubs in concern have two games in hand whilst the defending league champions have one.
Luuk de Jong’s fantastic volley opened the scoring for Julen Lopetegui’s side in the early stages of the match. However, Philippe Coutinho restored parity with his first goal since coming back to the club from loan at Bayern Munich.
Barca, as well as Sevilla had a good number of chances to kill the game off and grab all three points, but neither of them were able to capitalize and therefore had to share the spoils.
Here’s a look at three talking points from an enticing affair:
RONALD KOEMAN NEEDS TO ROTATE HIS SQUAD
Barcelona have gone with the same starting eleven in all three of their league fixtures. Against Sevilla, the only change was Ronald Araujo coming in for Clement Lenglet and even that was enforced given the central defender’s suspension. While he does not have as much depth as he would like, the existing players should not be overworked.
Ansu Fati was withdrawn early and looked a bit jaded throughout the match whereas Lionel Messi did not have any noteworthy moment. Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets were both average and in the latter stages of the second half, the Blaugrana started to show fatigue and were at risk of losing the match. With busier spells on the calendar incoming, Koeman must react.