Spanish Super Cup: Sevilla Takes Round 1 but the Battle Is Far From Over

Manuel TraqueteSenior Analyst IAugust 14, 2010


Sevilla beat Barcelona 3-1 at home in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup this Saturday.

The "B" version of Barcelona controlled possession and dominated the match during the first half. At half-time, Barcelona lead 1-0 thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal, and the truth is they could even have scored at least one more goal.

However, the second half had a totally different story.

Barcelona players showed tired legs and Sevilla took over the match. Coincidentially or not, it was after Lionel Messi came into the match (replacing Ibrahimovic) that Barcelona faltered.

A goal from Fabiano and two from Kanouté gave Sevilla the 3-1 lead going into the second leg at Nou Camp. The result was a little too harsh for Barcelona, who didn't deserve such a heavy defeat.

However, the Super Cup is far from over.

With the world champions back, Barcelona has every chance to turn this tie around. Sevilla knows that today's Barcelona wasn't the real Barcelona and that they'll have to work a lot in the Nou Camp if they want to hold on to their lead and capture this trophy.

With Victor Valdés, Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, and David Villa back, Barcelona will be a much stronger team and they have excellent chances of scoring at least the two goals required to win the Super Cup (provided that Sevilla doesn't score).

From today's match, two certainties arise for Barcelona:

-The team's future is assured, as the youth players showed they have amazing potential.

-With the support of the blaugrana crowd, Barcelona have excellent chances of taking the Super Cup for the second year running.

If Barcelona players are as hungry for silverware as Iniesta has recently claimed, next Saturday is the ideal time to show it.