He Seville Sevillewill begin its sixth participation in the Champions League at Stamford Brige (9pm), where the first duel in its history against him awaits Chelsea, a rival who has started with doubts a season marked by his millionaire investment in the last transfer market.
Two months after winning their sixth Europa League, Sevilla returns to the top European competition, where they last participated in the 2017/18 season, when they eliminated the Manchester United before falling in front of Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
The group stage draw was benevolent with the Seville team and matched them with the Russian Krasnodar and the Stade Rennais French, but also with Chelsea, his most demanding rival to seek the ticket to the round of 16 and with whom he has never faced in an official match.
The team trained by Julen lopetegui comes from fitting his first loss of the season in Pomegranate (1-0), where he accused playing with ten players more than half a game after the expulsion of Joan Jordán. After his two victories to start the league and a creditable draw at the Camp Nou, the visit to Los Cármenes was his first blur of the season, which he hopes to forget in the London fiefdom with a good performance.
In addition to the numerical inferiority, the absence of Jules Kooundé, who will also not play in London due to his infection with covonavirus. In addition, the Basque coach will not be able to count on the injured Ousama Idrissi either, but on Sergio Escudero, who was injured in Pomegranate But that has entered the list, although everything indicates that the Argentine Acuña will play in an eleven where Ocampos and De Jong will surely return, who did not start on Saturday, and from which Suso could fall to leave room for Oliver Torres.
A large investment yet to be assembled
For its part, Chelsea faces a Champions in which he aspires to return to the shortlist of candidates for the title after his ambitious investment in summer, when he recruited experienced players like Thiago Silva, but especially to young Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who is already exhibiting in the Premier his scoring efficiency.
By cons, you will not be able to count on one of those signings, the french goalkeeper Edouard mendy, due to a muscle injury, which will put the focus back on Kepa Arrizabalaga. After his ‘oasis’ with the Spanish team, the Basque goalkeeper comes from another discreet performance in his team’s last game against Southampton (3-3).
That draw in their fiefdom fueled the irregular start to the season of the ‘blue’ team, which has only added one victory in its last four games and seems a more ‘affordable’ rival than in previous seasons, although it has plenty of quality to beat any rival.
Betfair bookmaker favors Chelsea and pays 2 euros per euro wagered for their victory. In the case of Sevilla, their victory is paid at 3.75 euros, while the tie is set at 3.5 euros.
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell; Kanté, Jorginho; Pulisic, Havertz, Mount; and Werner.
Seville: Bonus; Navas, Sergi Gómez, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Rakitic, Jordán; Óliver, Ocampos and De Jong.
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA).
Stadium: Stamford Bridge.
Time: 21.00 / Movistar Champions League.