Sevilla FC are showing again that they are a clear example for Spanish football on how to manage the resources of a club to reach the success on the field. Run by manager Monchi, the architect of the project, and led by top coach Lopetegui, the team has returned to the European peak and, who knows if maybe can battle for LaLiga title, as they were already on verge last season and can repeat it again with such a balanced roster.
A triangle as a base:
As in any other winning project, the foundations to sustain the wall are crucial to win games from backwards and grow in the long term, and Sevilla have found their base on a triangle to guarantee defensive solidity. We are talking about the Koundé-Diego Carlos duo as central defenders and Fernando as the midfielder.
They are all not only three key players to defend their box and provide balance on transitions, but also to play the ball from backwards, as Fernando has the ability to find the right pass most of the time and position himself on the perfect spot in order to overcome the first pressing line and start the building process.
It has been an intense summer for Koundé, as he has had several offers to leave the club and whose qualities make him the modern football central defender towards the next decade, but he has ended up staying at Sevilla. This way, the club sends a clear message of ambition to the biggest clubs in order to maintain a hungry group of players.
Multiple options for the midfield:
Lopetegui used to play on a 4-3-3 system during his first two seasons, but the addition of Papu Gómez in the previous winter market made him to make some adjustments and sometimes change to a 4-2-3-1 in some games of this year so he can play as a ‘playmaker’, his natural position, and make the most out of his full potential. As a result, he is now able to show his creativeness and dance along with the Sánchez Pizjuán crowd.
Apart from that quality jump on taking advantage of the full potential from the Argentinian, we must also point out the tremendous addition from other players like Rakitic, Jordán and new sign Delaney. They all provide the team with direction and tactical discipline depending on what the game requires. As a result, Lopetegui counts on multiple options to change the system and make some rotations in the midfield, as Sevilla´s goal is to make it far in their three competitions this season.
A tailored offensive area:
No doubt that Lopetegui is the most responsible person for striker En-Nesyri´s explosion, as his numbers have not stopped growing under this coach. Last year he broke his personal record with 24 goals in 46 games between LaLiga and the Champions League; he averaged six goals until then. Furthermore, the sign of a strong forward like Rafa Mir adds even more scoring capacity.
Lastly, the group of players on the wing like Lucas Ocampos, Suso and star Lamela provide the team with dribbling, assists and goals and make them to be unpredictable towards the opponent defenses. All in all, it is not just the quality of the squad, but also the bench what makes Sevilla a very tough team to beat.
License to dream:
Sevilla have multiple reasons to face Atlético, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona on the battle for LaLiga title and reach the round of 16 in the Champions League in February. Moreover, the Spanish Cup is once again a great opportunity to lift a trophy this season.
All in all, Sevilla FC maintain their constant growth and look to consolidate themselves on the top 4 of Spanish football. They were already candidates last season and will try to keep that level again this year. They have arguments to leave the ‘outsider’ label and battle for the title. In any case, Sevilla are a success guaranteed for the quality team they have built.
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