Despite getting off to a brilliant start by taking an early lead in their first leg Round of 16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla were subsequently torn apart by the electricity of Borussia Dortmund in transition, as the Spanish outfit lost 3-2.
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Unable to contain the exceptional Erling Haaland, who scored an exceptional brace after Mahmoud Dahoud leveled the scores with an exquisite strike, Sevilla have it all to do in the away leg if they’re to progress to the quarters.
Looking to become only the sixth team to overcome a home first leg loss, Julen Lopetegui’s men will come out firing in their quest to beat Dortmund. Full of quality and usually defensively solid, a testament to the class of last season’s Europa League winners comes from how they’ve only lost two of their last 37 matches in Europe.
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Currently sitting fourth in La Liga, just five points behind Real Madrid, they’ve unquestionably been one of the elite teams in the division, which will ensure they’re fearsome adversaries for BVB, who are coming off a crushing 4-2 loss to Bayern Munich at the weekend.
Possessing the second best defence in La Liga, with them only conceding 20 goals in 25 games, Lopetegui’s created a formidable stopping unit.
Meanwhile, when going forward, Sevilla have built up impressively and passed the ball with incision to create many excellent chances. Their only issue has been converting some of their chances, with Youssef En-Nesyri and Luuk de Jong, plus others, often missing some very presentable chances. En Nesyri has improved immensely, though, for the Moroccan striker has been in great form, scoring 17 goals in all competitions. Further attacking threat notably comes from quality operators like Lucas Ocampos, Papu Gomez, Suso, Munir El Haddadi and Oliver Torres.
Blessed with plenty of experience in midfield, the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Fernando and Joan Jordan form an outstanding trio in the middle. Boasting one of the best central defensive pairings in Europe, Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos, have illustrated emphatically why they are coveted by many of the biggest clubs on the continent.
While Los Rojiblancos will need to produce a flawless display on both sides of the ball to defeat Dortmund away from home, if they can find their groove offensively and hold firm defensively, they’ll be in with a fighting chance to cause a massive upset.