Sevilla have finally broken their duck away from home. Tarun explains how it could prove to be the start of an upward trajectory for the club.
Sevilla’s 3-2 thrilling victory over Leganes at the weekend was completely overshadowed by Atlético and Real Madrid who won 7-1 and 6-1 respectively. However, Sevilla’s result is almost historic when you consider their away form since the final day of the 2014/15 campaign and compare it with the side which claimed victory on Saturday afternoon. Although Sevilla’s defensive display less than merited the win, they hung on very valiantly, begging the question of what has actually changed at the club to display such a gritty performance away from Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Here we take a look what could be ahead of Sevilla this season…
After a turbulent transfer market, Sevilla have started the season in an unglamorous but positive manner. The loss of key players like Grzegorz Krychowiak, Ever Banega, Kevin Gameiro and Coke have been visibly scarring but the new signings have all hit the ground running with Franco Vazquez, Samir Nasri and Wassim Ben Yedder all pitching in with vital goals. Unai Emery’s departure added to the turmoil but incoming coach Jorge Sampaoli has shown his pedigree by grabbing points even when the team plays badly. His players have not at all come to grips with his high pressing game but still managed to briefly reach the top of the league. These are definitely ominous signs for their rivals and surely there are only better things to come.
Last year, Sevilla’s Champions League journey was a short one. Having been placed in pot 3, they drew ‘big-guns’ Man City and Juventus plus Borussia Mönchengladbach which caused them to settle for third place and enter into the Europa League draw. Although this journey turned out to be sweeter as they won the whole tournament, the effects on their league campaign left much to be desired. Sevilla chalked up 7 losses in their last 9 games and with the Europa League calendar coinciding with this period, it has been suggested that Europa League success has been holding them back. This time round they have been seeded in pot 2 of the Champions League draw, meaning the threat of a second top team has been eliminated. With Lyon struggling in Ligue 1, Sevilla seem to be in a great position to qualify second from their group. With no one expecting Sevilla to get into the final stages of the Champions League at this point, getting eliminated early in the knockout phase is a strong possibility which could do wonders for the team in the final third of La Liga.
With the money from the Champions League plus the abilities of Sampaoli, Los Nervionenses have a bright future and can only possibly get better. More rest and concentrating solely on the league from March will only help them sustain the pressure on the big three.
Spanish Football Expert