The Copa del Rey has reached the semi final stage with the last four sides going head to head, fighting for a place in April’s final.
This week sees the first legs with the return fixtures taking place exactly a week later.
First up is Leganes vs Sevilla on Wednesday night at the Butarque with Barcelona hosting Valencia on Thursday.
Wednesday’s game sees surprise semi finalists Leganes take part in their first ever last four game in the Copa del Rey, reaching that stage with a shock win over Real Madrid in the quarter finals having lost the first leg at home. Opponents Sevilla also surprised many people in their quarter final tie by beating Real’s city rivals Atletico 5-2 on aggregate, winning both legs home and away.
Leganes coach Asier Garitano wants his players to remain in the tie before heading to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan next week but knows how tough it will be against Los Nervionenses.
He said: “We do not have any obligation in terms of result, but we have to give everything on the pitch. As for illusion, we have to make it a great game and be able to come back with options. That is the objective.”
“Sevilla will be a tough opponent, a team that is used to playing semi-finals and winning them, they have a lot of experience and have had an incredibly good cup run, it is a very strong team and it is what awaits us at Butarque.”
Vincenzo Montella was also keen to talk about the opposition with the Sevilla manager expecting a tough game in Madrid, saying: “The Club, the manager…all of us need to think only about tomorrow. We are mentally preparing because it’s something that is vital. Leganes is a team that alternates certain tactics during games, they are dangerous, compact, and have grown enormously under their coach who has been with them for a long time”.
The hosts will be without Mauro Dos Santos, Alexander Szymanowski and Ruben Perez for Tuesday’s game but have an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from.
Sebastien Corchia and Simon Kjaer are out injured for Sevilla with Ganso, Guido Pizarro and Lionel Carole not in the squad but new signings Miguel Layun and Roque Mesa are in the squad.
Kick off at the Butarque is at 8:30 BST
Leganes Squad: Cuellar, Champagne; Tito, Bustinza, Mantovani, Garcia, Rico, Munoz, Siovas, Zaldua; Gumbau, Gabriel, El Zhar, Eraso, Naranjo, Omar, Brasanac; Amrabat, Guerrero, Beauvue
Sevilla Squad: Rico, Soria; Lenglet, Carrico, Escudero, Pareja, Mercado, Layun, Arana; Banega, Geis, N’Zonzi, Navas, Sarabia, Vazquez, Mesa; Ben Yedder, Muriel, Correa, Nolito