Barca visit hands Sampaoli ?last chance to impress

Real Madrid were easy winners when Leganes visited Bernabeu last November in the league, as Real won 3-0 with a brace from Gareth Bale and goal from Alvaro Morata. Now, Sevilla are in fourth place, on 58 points through 30 games, EIGHT points below the Catalans, who are in second on 66 points.

Lionel Messi showed that his friendship with Luis Suarez go outside the pitch when he picked up his teammate from the airport.

Messi was unavailable to face Granada due to suspension while Luis Enrique chose to leave the Spanish global out of his squad in order to have him fresh ahead of the busy month of April, which includes a visit to Real Madrid on 23 April and the two legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus. It also gave Sevilla their first loss of the season at the time. Their overall average of 0.79 goals per game is also the worst in La Liga so they aren't a team that is particularly well equipped to expose Real Madrid's occasional defensive problems. As a result, they're just three points behind Atletico Madrid for third place. If they don't fix the issue against Luis Enrique's men, it could get ugly, fast. But all four players are expected to start against Sevilla. He was the difference the last time the pair met, and is fresh coming back from suspension.

Sampaoli brought on Stevan Jovetic after the break in an attempt to force a victor, but the Montenegro global was unable to deliver, first aiming straight at Cuellar before firing just wide late on. They struggled throughout the match and only secured a win in the final ten minutes.

Wednesday could be decisive in the race for the La Liga title as Real Madrid kick off their game away against Leganes nearly as soon as the final whistle blows in the Camp Nou stadium in the Barcelona-Sevilla tie, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sampaoli looked to be at the head of the queue when Barca boss Luis Enrique announced he would step down at the end of the campaign little over a month ago.

Even with Sevilla slumping, this should be a close contest. Can Sevilla somehow steal a point at Camp Nou?

  • Julie Sanders