this Sevilla plays first final v Copenhagen (18:45 Movistar LC). A European final because if he loses he will be out of continental football, something that would reflect the first failure of a season that didn’t look good. It is not an accidental event. Sevilla have always made it to the final rounds of the Champions League or Europa League since 2014. Unlike the Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid cases, the second continental competition is not a punishment. Moreover, he considers himself a lifesaver on a course marked by the league break and World Cup dispute. In February this Sevilla may have recovered to face the qualifying rounds of the second continental competition.
His coach, Jorge Sampaoli, is working hard to improve Sevilla. The defeat to Madrid once again filled the atmosphere with pessimism for a team that was in 15th place in the League, only one point away from the relegation zone. The Argentine is upset that with so many matches he has almost no time to work with his players. However, it is clear that the coach managed to convince his players to bet high and that everyone should be very involved. At the club this Sampaoli is much more mature than his previous stage at the club (2016-17) and has more stalemates with the players. That is, their assistants and Juanma Lillo carried the specific weight of the relationship with the actors.
Now, Sampaoli is closer. His influence in the group is close to that of a shaman. The invigorating influence of the coach is preparing to defend the Sevilla jersey with some players who have been injured or have recently overcome their injuries.
For example, in the duel squad against the Danish team, Acuña and Rekik, two players who had unexpected muscle problems until after the World Cup, recovered. Acuña suffers from a chronic muscle injury that severely affects his performance. Sampaoli not only recruited him for this European final, but also defended against criticism that he was considering picking up just to play with Argentina in the World Cup. “Acuña has made slight improvement. He’s improving and we’ll try to come in without risk. Operation? The doctor says it’s too old to operate there. There are ways to quickly fix this,” the coach said in an alarmingly weak tone about the condition of one of his favorite football players.
Despite everything, Sevilla also saved Rekik, whose muscles were broken and no one remembers anymore. The Dutch defender was injured in a duel with Atlético de Madrid. He missed four games in the league and two games in the league. Champions vs Dortmund.
Sampaoli’s healing skills also had an effect on Marcao’s condition. The Brazilian defender signed with Galatasaray this summer, playing without a medical discharge in Argentina’s first match against Athletic. “I risked possible injury,” Sampaoli admitted, convincing the defender in his first individual interview with him. Marcao failed to fully recover against Dortmund (1-1), Mallorca (0-1) and Real Madrid last Saturday, marking the first defeat for Sampaoli’s Sevilla.
With five out of 12 points in regular competition and a Champions League draw in Dortmund, Sevilla now face Copenhagen, probably the weakest team in the current competition. Although both teams were tied by two points, the Danish team failed to score as the only team to fail to do so in the entire Champions League. Their two points equate to two goalless draws at their stadium: against Sevilla and Cityplayed a good part of the match with one missing player. Also, being the team to shoot the fewest shots in the entire tournament (5) clearly demonstrates his offensive weakness. Dortmund will host City in the other match of Group G (9:00).
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