Sevilla's Success In Recent Times
Sevilla FC find themselves at the top of the La Liga after the first eight games, and although they are only top by a point, it's a promising sign of things to come.
The top flight team are Spain’s oldest sporting club solely devoted to football and have been in and out of the La Liga since 1935. It is one of the La Liga’s president Javier Tebas’ biggest wishes to have strong competition for the league that doesn’t just involve Real Madrid, Barcelona & Atlético Madrid, and, at the moment, it looks like that wish is being fulfilled.
Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, commonly known as Monchi, was a very key figure in Sevilla’s recruitment and sales. Having played for the club for 11 years, Monchi knew his new role of Sporting Director was to bring in new talent and increase transfer profit.
With a network of over 700 scouts around the world, he helped the club discover a number of profitable bargains such as Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitić and Sergio Ramos. These key players helped the club become regulars in the top half of the La Liga. It is said that Monchi profited Sevilla a total of €200 million.
The Emery era
Unai Emery joined Sevilla replacing José Miguel González after a 12th place finish in La Liga. At the time Emery joined, the club had a financial crisis which forced them to sell key players Alvaro Negredo & Jesus Navas. So in came a bunch of young prospects including Ivan Rakitic.
Five months after Emery became manager, Sevilla won their third Europa League, beating Benfica on penalties. The following year, Ivan Rakitić was sold to Barcelona for around €16 million but they still repeated their Europa League success, defeating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the final. Sevilla then returned to the Europa League final a year later for a third consecutive time, facing Liverpool and winning 3-1.
With the third consecutive Europa League title, Sevilla improved their record of most Europa League titles, having lifted the trophy five times in just 10 years.
Emery left Sevilla to join Paris Saint-Germain after that Europa League final win.
Fast forward to 2018 and the Spanish club have had four managers in two years with their only real success being progress into the Champions League knockout stages beating Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Having scored 20 goals and won five out of their last six games, including a 3-0 victory over Real Madrid, it shows that they have what it takes to be a top side, not just domestically but also in Europe.
They press high and attack at great pace, as they showed in scoring their first goal against Real Madrid recently (see below).
One of Sevilla’s key reasons to their success has been their organisation and consistency, over the past 15 years, the club has averaged a 5th place finish in Spain’s top flight. This shows that they have been contending and staying up there with rival teams and it is looking like they will only continue to get better.
Their next opponents, Barcelona, have had a hard time winning games recently, so this could be another chance to pick up a win and continue their good form. Below is a predicted line up for that fixture.
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