“A six-point game”.
This is how we could qualify the match between Sevilla FC and Barcelona this Saturday on Andalusian soil.
The Blaugranas are third in La Liga with two points ahead but one game more than the Sevillians, who still have to face the modest side of Elche to have as many matches as the Catalan side.
In the event of victories in these two meetings, the men of Julen Lopetegui could potentially fly to four points of Barcelona and even nibble the heels of Real Madrid, which does not have a very comfortable mattress ahead of its two pursuers.
Sevilla FC may even have taken a certain psychological advantage over Barça.
Already, even if they easily beat Elche on Wednesday (3-0), the Catalans recently conceded a draw against the promoted Cadiz (1-1) and received a real slap at home against PSG (1-4) a little over a week ago in the Champions League.
But above all, it is the semi-final first leg of the Copa del Rey which plays in favor of the Andalusians.
The latter had disposed of FC Barcelona 2-0 on February 10.
Sevilla in a streak of 10 national victories
It has been more than two years since Barca managed to take all three points away from Sevilla.
His last victory in Andalusia dates back to February 23, 2019 and a 4-2 success.
A draw would be almost a good operation for Barcelona in search of confidence since the fiasco against Paris.
Sevilla FC remains on an impressive series of ten consecutive victories at the national level, enough to shake his opponent of the weekend.
To all this, we could add that these two teams will meet again next Wednesday for the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.
In Catalonia this time.
This Saturday's meeting is therefore not only important for the championship alone but also for the national cup.
If Barça managed to win in Sevilla, we can imagine it more easily to be able to turn the tide and catch up two goals behind on the pitch at Camp Nou to qualify for the final.
This meeting can be a real turning point in the season for these two teams.
If Barcelona lose, they will likely be left behind in the podium race.
If we combine this with a potential elimination in the Copa del Rey and an almost certain exit from the Champions League, the 2020-2021 copy of the Blaugranas could be very pale.
Just as much as that of this surprising Sevillian formation could be magnificent.
On the other hand, a victory, or a draw depending on the content, could morally revive the Catalans.
Two weeks ago, before their rout against Paris, Barcelona seemed to have regained confidence and going in the right direction.
Since then, Barça seems to have fallen back a bit.
Seville could well decide to send them to the bottom of the abyss or to make them breathe again.
At Barça, Clément Lenglet grinds black and it shows