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Lopetegui is pleased with Sevilla’s Champions League performance

Wed 09 December 2020 | 6:26

The already-qualified Sevilla were able to return to winning ways with a 3-1 away victory at Rennes. Lopetegui’s side had suffered a 4-0 defeat against Chelsea and a narrow 1-0 defeat against Real Madrid.

Having already qualified for the Champions League’s last 16 and unable to finish first, The Andalusians were able to crush

Rennes

3-1 in their last Champions League’s group stage’s matchday with a brace from

Youssef En-Nesyri

and a left-footed volley from

Jules Kounde

.

“We wanted to finish to competition with a good performance and a win against a team that is very difficult and very much wanted to win,”

Sevilla’s

coach,

Julen Lopetegui

, said in his post-match interview.

“It was a good game on our part with a good first half. The second perhaps we could have managed better against a team who wanted to win and who have players who will be world-class shortly, like [Eduardo] Camavinga and [Jeremy] Doku.

“In the second half we lacked a bit of calmness to manage the advantage, but without a doubt winning is always important and it was very much a game we wanted to win.

“It’s very difficult to win in the Champions League. It wears you down a lot and there are a lot of complex teams.”

Sevilla are currently sitting sixth in the La Liga table, between Aaandalusian rivals

Cadiz

and

Granada

.

Sevilla’s

boss believes his side is doing well despite numerous injuries.

“We’ve had the injuries that we’ve had,” he said. “We’ve gone through complex situations with injuries, Covid. [The team] have done a good job, there have been difficult moments, but this is the Champions League.

“You have to suffer and all the rivals have a strong team. We’ve had a magnificent group stage and there are magnificent teams that haven’t made it to the last 16. With the difficulties we’ve had, and balancing [our European commitments] with the demands of the league, we’re satisfied.”

Sevilla will face struggling

Getafe

in La Liga, before facing

Valladolid

,

Valencia

, and

Villarreal

. They will learn their Champions League’s last 16’s opponent on Monday.


source: SportMob