Julen Lopetegui already focused on Sevilla’s Champions League meeting with Salzburg


Sevilla hosted Villarreal at Sanchez-Pizjuan today in what was an intriguing clash between two of La Liga’s strongest sides. It’s safe to say, however, that Sevilla are exploiting their potential much more convincingly than Villarreal are at the moment. Sevilla won the draw 1-0 to finish second in the table – Villarreal are currently languishing in 12th place.

Sevilla lost 2-1 to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu last Sunday, while Villarreal conceded twice later to fall 3-1 to Barcelona at La Ceramica the day before. Both teams entered the game with a desire to find their way back to victory, despite both defeating lower league opponents in the Copa del Rey first round midweek.

The decisive goal came in the 15th minute. Marcos Acuna, who quickly became one of La Liga’s best left-backs, delivered a delicious cross to find his Argentinian compatriot Lucas Ocampos at the far post. He scored with a smart header, although it took Pau Torres a slight deflection before beating Geronimo Rulli.

“We won three important points,” Julen Lopetegui said after the game, worn by Marca. “We had them tight in the first half, with a lot of wear and tear. They had chances but we were able to score. In the second half they took control and despite our fatigue we managed to compete and leave only one chance. “

Sevilla face Salzburg in the Champions League midweek with a place in the round of 16. “We have a real final in our hands now in a complicated scenario against a complicated rival,” said Lopetegui. “We need to rebuild, see what troops we have and prepare well. “


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