The Leganés Copa del Rey dream came to an end last night against Sevilla with a 2-0 defeat, a result that sees the Andalusian side through to another final, this being their first in the post-Monchi era. His departure to AS Roma was a bitter blow for the institution and reaching another final will provide a boost of confidence for the football club. Sevilla have been indifferent this season and time will tell if new coach Montella is able to turn fortunes around at the Sanchez Pizjuan as the club are just 90 minutes away from lifting a possible title. In recent years Sevilla have been one of LaLiga'a principal ambassadors given their successes in Europe and reaching another final and their presence in the last 16 of the Champions League is a testament to the solid foundation implemented at the Nervion based club.
Credit to Lega
Sevilla delivered a solid and composed performance with the late goal from Mudo Vázquez killing-off any hope that Leganés held in talking the tie to extra time through a goal. Credit due however to the "Cucumber Harvesters" who made history this season with Leganes never reaching the semi-final stage before in their history. They also heaped pressure on Zidane with their elimination of Real Madrid at the quarter final stage and for that alone Lega deserve a medal. Sevilla march-on in the competition and now set their sights on a cup final which looks set to be held at the Wanda Metropolitano with one of Valencia or FC Barcelona being Sevilla's rival on April 21st.
So...Valencia or Barça? We'll find out tonight in a game which I fully expect to be a tense affair. Messi will be in action and it appears Piqué has won his battle to be fit after that nasty late challenge from Gerard Moreno in Sunday's Catalan derby. Mestalla will be packed and am confident that both sides will deliver a game befitting of a semi-final and provide a positive advertisement for Spanish football. Barcelona hold a slender advantage with a Luis Suarez goal from the first leg putting the Catalan outfit ever so slightly in the driving seat. There's nothing better than cup football and this game is beautifully set up. Fingers crossed it delivers.