Seville, a cursed city for Barcelona in the finals
What seemed to be a season of transition and worries is turning into an exciting season in which FC Barcelona can start a new path under Ronald Koeman.
A feeling that could begin to materialise this Sunday in the grand final of the Spanish Super Cup that Barcelona is playing against Athletic Club.
Achieving a trophy, after going blank last season, would be a great boost in all respects for a team that seems to have finally found a good dynamic. However, apart from the Basque team, Barca will have to overcome what seems to be a curse if they want to win the title.
The duel will take place in La Cartuja in Seville, a city that does not bring back pleasant memories for the Catalan club. As 'AS' recalls, the team has not won a final there since it beat Arenas in the 1925 Cup final.
In fact, in Seville they suffered their bloodiest defeat ever in a title match when, in 1986, in the Sánchez-Pizjuán, the team lost on penalties in the European Cup final against Steaua Bucharest.
An unforgettable fiasco that is still etched in the minds of all the 'culés' fans who witnessed that match which, being the most traumatic, was not the only fiasco in Seville.
Recently, in 2019, the team then coached by Ernesto Valverde played Valencia a few days after the infamous 4-0 at Anfield. Barça were looking to Benito Villamarin to seal their second consecutive double, but Valencia (1-2) ended their hopes.
Now, in 2021 and in a different scenario as La Cartuja, FC Barcelona will try to make a clean slate in the Andalusian city, which will witness who is the first champion of the current season in Spain.