Barcelona’s away match against Sevilla has officially been postponed following a ruling from the High Council for Sports (CSD).
According to Goal, the CSD has ruled in favour LaLiga as this match, alongside Villarreal-Alaves, will now be played at a later date.
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While LaLiga had always been in favour of the games being postponed, the RFEF believed they could go on ahead. This is a win for Javier Tebas over the RFEF president, Luis Rubiales.
The postponement helps Sevilla more than it does Barcelona
The World Cup qualifiers in South America was the issue here which meant a number of players would be unavailable for these respective matches as they would need to quarantine upon their return.
In the case of Sevilla, had the game gone on as scheduled, they would have been without the likes of Gonzalo Montiel, Papu Gómez and Marcos Acuña. Barca would only have been without Ronald Araújo.
On paper, this move benefits Sevilla more than it does the Catalans. Barca always have a tough time when playing at the Sánchez Pizjuán and could have had an advantage if the game was still scheduled to take place.
However, it does allow more time for someone like Sergiño Dest to recover. The American was forced off with an injury in the game against Canada.
At the same time, it also presents some scheduling headaches.
According to Sport, there is not much wiggle room when it comes to deciding on a date for the game to take place. Both teams have midweek games in the Champions League and the schedule is already congested as it is.
What this now means is the club’s first game coming off the FIFA break will be in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. It will also be their first game without Antoine Griezmann and the possible debut of Luuk de Jong following his loan from Sevilla.