Sevilla and the Europa League, this connection just goes together. Although the Andalusian club are uncharacteristically struggling in La Liga, they continue to rock in the Europa League, making it through to the semi-finals via Manchester United.
In the Spanish La Liga, Sevilla have struggled immensely this season. While they have always finished 4th in the last two seasons and even chased Real Madrid for the title at one point last season, the loss of two key stoppers has hit them hard.
Julen Lopetegui was sacked after a poor season, while his successor Jorge Sampaoli also lasted only until March. It wasn’t until José Luis Mendilibar finally consolidated the Seville colossus a little.
For a while, Sevilla were even on the relegation places, which would have been a disaster for the club. After the 0:2 loss to Getafe, the management called Sampaoli off and Mendilibar started to wake up the Rojiblancos.
Firstly, he beat Cadiz 2: 0, then, despite playing 70 minutes in ten, Sevilla led 2: 0 against Celta Vigo, but scored twice in the setup. However, that came back in the first Europa League quarter-final, where they were also 0: 2 down and equalised with two goals towards the end of the game.
After that, it won an important away game against Valencia and yesterday it beat United 3: 0. Mendilibar has 3 wins and 2 defeats and has not lost once.
In La Liga, Sevilla are still up to 13th place with only a five-point lead to 17th. Almeria. However, in the Europa League they are already in the semi-finals and can think about a seventh title in this competition, in which they are the most successful team historically with six trophies.
In the semi-finals, it will face Juventus, while AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen will face each other in the other part of the spider. After Thursday’s performance, Sevilla’s stock is way up…
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