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
3-1 in their last Champions League’s group stage’s matchday with a brace from
and a left-footed volley from
“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,”
, 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
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
in La Liga, before facing
. They will learn their Champions League’s last 16’s opponent on Monday.