Thursday, December 2

Sevilla and Lille are measured to recover the lost sensations



The Sevilla visit Lille this Wednesday, the French champion, in a shared needs grief in the third day in Group G of the Champions League and with the obligation of both to take a step forward to avoid the risk of being somewhat off the hook in the fight for the round of 16.

Sevilla, third in LaLiga with better results than football, won on Sunday at Celta (0-1) after their defeat two weeks ago, the first of the season, in Granada (1-0), while in the Champions are seconds tied at 2 points with Wolfsburg German and with one more than Lille, bottom with one.

After a one-goal draw in the first two rounds of the tournament, at home to Austria’s Salzburg, group leaders with 4 points, and then at Wolfsburg, equality in the fight for the eighths is maximum and it increases the state of necessity with which Lille and Seville arrive at the first of their double clash in a row.

In the second of their seven games in 22 days, until the next LaLiga break on November 7, Sevilla comes with renewed spirits to a vital duel for their path in the Champions League after their triumph in Vigo, but also demanded and questioned for a game that, beyond the results, does not end in love.

Julen Lopetegui, who continues to beat records, is already the ninth Sevilla coach with the most matches in the First Division and accumulates 70 victories in 118 games in total and 56 with a clean sheet, has set up a block that is a rock behind – only 3 goals in against in League-, but he lives with the paradox that his team’s game is not convincing, too predictable and sometimes exasperating for its lack of verticality.

For the momentous visit to Lille, a whole French champion who has not started well and is even more in need, recovers a mainstay of his defense, the French international Jules Koundé, who goes out on Sunday due to discomfort and who will once again form a couple with the Brazilian Diego Carlos, absent due to sanction in Vigo.

Too A creative player like the Argentine Papu Gómez could return, who did not play against Celta due to discomfort after his commitments with the Albiceleste and could accompany in the eleven his most regular man, the Brazilian Fernando, and Joan Jordán or the Danish Thomas Delaney, with Rafa Mir -3 league goals- up when Moroccan En-Nesyri is still injured, in the final stretch of his recovery and that he has not traveled. Serbian media Nemanja Gudelj, who started on Sunday, and Moroccan winger Oussama Idrissi are not registered for this phase of the Champions League.

For Lille, the match against Sevilla appears as a platform on which soar and straighten a course that this season is far from what was shown last season, when he finished as French champion. The effluvia of that title have put a stop to the dynamics of last year, to which the exits of stars and the change on the bench have contributed, but at this point Lille has nothing lost.

While in the League they are eleventh, but only three points behind Europe, in the Champions League it is vital to achieve the three points against the Andalusians in order to aspire to move forward in the highest competition. It is not necessarily the goal of the season for the French team, but a victory would be a boost of morale to revitalize the squad, somewhat depressed, as demonstrated by the bad game last weekend against a recently promoted like Clermont and their defeat by 1-0.

The team, one of the fewest scorers in France, lives earring of its Portuguese star Renato Sanches, a billionaire signing in 2019, when aspirations were higher, but which injuries have slowed in northern France. Apart from that doubt, the coach, Jocelyn Gourvennec, has the rest of his players to face this demanding commitment against Sevilla and everything indicates that he will bet on a classic eleven, with Xeka or Onana in the center of the field and Ikoné in in case Sanches is not available.

In point, the bet is clear for the Turkish Burak Yilmaz, vital in last year’s title and to whom this season it is costing him more to find the way of the goal.

Probable lineups

Little: Grbic; Celik, Fonte, Djalo, Reinildo; Inoké o Sanches, André, Xeka o Onana, Bamba; David, Yilmaz.

Sevilla: Bonus; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Jordán or Delaney, Fernando, Papu Gómez; Suso, Rafa Mir, Ocampos.

Referee: Michael Oliver (England).

Stadium: Pierre Mauroy.

Hour: 21.00 CET (19.00 GMT).


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