Sevilla: La Liga’s Dark Horses

It may seem like a century ago when Sevilla last won the Europa League but the magical season was actually in 2006-2007 just seven years ago when  Juande Ramos lifted the UEFA Cup title with his players for the second time. The Andalucian side were a strong force at that time but they faded away with time as many players opted to leave the club including Seydou Keita and Dani Alves. This season, Sevilla have returned to be among Spain’s best clubs and perhaps they could pull a surprise like Atletico Madrid did last season.

Sevilla, this season, looks to be quite strong from a physical perspective with players like Mbia and Krychowiak, the Andalucians are a tough side that clubs can’t handle. This is why they are La Liga’s most fouled club, it’s very hard to rid them of the ball because they are physically stronger than all other opponents. Despite the strong physique, the players are quite fluid as well, especially when it comes to the midfield, the winning mentality of the squad puts them on level with Barcelona at the top of the table. Seven wins, one draw and one lass, they are making their way to the top of league despite strong competition from Valencia, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

The Andalucians play a 4-2-3-1 with a lot of focus on wing play and counter attacks, their quick play was a main factor in their recent win over Villarreal when Luciano Vietto clipped the ball superbly over home goalkeeper Beto in the 79th minute, Sevilla managed to score two goals, the first of which came in the 88th minute. Their insistence to win the game says a lot about their character this season and their changed mentality. They didn’t play their best football that night, but they played till the very last minute and luck was on their side.

Likewise in the Europa League, they are leading their group with five points from three games and there seems to be no complications regarding their progress to the next stage. If Sevilla continue to bring good results this season we might see them among the top three in the league and perhaps the champions. It is important for Sevilla to qualify to the Champions League, as it will give them an extra budget for the upcoming season and it means that they are more competitive than before. Their Europa League win last season wasn’t a fluke at all, their third title was won fair and square and they are launching yet another campaign this term in a bid to win back-to-back titles for the second time.

They may pull an Atletico Madrid or not, but what is sure is that they are going to be a tough force until the very end of the season. Unai Emery is doing a great job but he hasn’t done anything yet this season, the players need to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the upcoming matches to continue their good form.

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