January 24, 2021

Villarreal and Sevilla, for continental consolation | sports

Villarreal and Sevilla, for continental consolation | sports

Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, the three Spanish representatives in the second round of the Europa League, face with different sensations the going of a tie in which they compete until seven champions of the second continental tournament (Sevilla, Valencia, Chelsea, Zenit, Inter Milan, Frankfurt and Naples).

Sevilla receives Slavia Prague (18.55, GOL) immersed in a bad league streak and with the future of their coach, Pablo Machín, in the wire. "I am strong and I have the confidence of those who hired me," said Machín yesterday, who has set his players' example of the elimination of Madrid against Ajax to not underestimate a very physical Slavia and leader of his league. The Czechs eliminated Genk in the last round with a display of Belgian field play and man markings in all areas. Sevilla is intractable at home in Europe, where only knows the triumph with a balance of 16 goals in favor and one against from the group stage. Franco Vazquez is down by penalty and Sevilla will hold Ben Yedder, second top scorer of the competition and in great shape. In fact, the French, with 22 goals, has already achieved in this course the same number as he did last season. In 2016-17, upon arrival, he scored 16 goals.

Same as him Seville, the Villarreal will look for in Saint Petersburg (18.55, Movistar Champions League) before the Zenit a consolation that does not have in LaLiga, where it is antepenultimate with 23 points. "The priority is the league, but I think we have a squad to fight in both competitions," says yellow coach Javi Calleja. There will be rotations at Villarreal to face the clash against a Zenit where the Iranian Azmoun is drawing attention, who scored two goals against Fenerbahçe in the last round. Leader of the Russian competition, stand out also the forward Dzuyba and the half Wilmar Barrios, compatriot of Bacca and one of the reinforcements of the Russian set. Russia has received the Villarreal expedition with sub-zero temperatures. Villarreal looks askance at the next important match against Levante.

The Valencia faces in frank improvement these eighths. Receive Krasnodar (21.00, Movistar Champions League), second in the Russian League, with the absences of the injured Garay and the suspended Roncaglia and Kondogbia. "We are a competitive team as evidenced by the fact that we have reached the Cup final," said Marcelino, who can continue his team's winning streak after eliminating Betis in the Cup semifinals and Athletic. in the league. Gameiro, with five goals in 2019, must continue to captain the improvement of Valencia, now in a competition in which he has placed great hopes.

Other qualifiers of interest are those that face Arsenal with Rennes and Chelsea with Dynamo Kyiv. Arsenal will not be able to count on the injured Lacazatte, while Chelsea have in this competition the only way to access the Champions League next season.

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