Sevilla are Europa League specialists and gunning for trophy six

Sevilla are Europa League specialists and gunning for trophy six


Inter Milan have waited 10 long years to reach another European final and will hope to add the Europa League trophy to their illustrious cabinet.

But standing in the way of Antonio Conte’s men are Sevilla – and when it comes to this competition they are specialists in success.

Julen Lopetegui’s side have won every single Europa League final they’ve ever competed in

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Julen Lopetegui’s side have won every single Europa League final they’ve ever competed in

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The five-time winners may not have the financial clout to fight for domestic titles or Champions League gongs, but they most certainly know what it takes to be successful in the Europa League.

While they suffered a shock early exit at the hands of Salvia Praha in last year’s competition, they have most certainly made up for it this season and will be vying to add more silverware to their collection on Friday night.

Speaking ahead of the match, the LaLiga club’s sporting director, Monchi, said it’s a competition which holds greater significance to Sevilla than any other side.

“It’s a competition that we care about a lot, that we love more than anyone else,” the transfer guru told The Associated Press.

SEVILLA’S ROUTE TO THE FINAL

Group Stages

Qarabag 0-3 Sevilla

Sevilla 1-0 APOEL

Sevilla 3-0 Dudelange

Dudelange 2-5 Sevilla

Sevilla 2-0 Qarabag

APOEL 1-0 Sevilla

Round of 32

CFR Cluj 1-1 Sevilla

Sevilla 0-0 CFR Cluj (Sevilla go through on away goals)

Round of 16

Sevilla 2-0 Roma

Quarter-final

Wolves 0-1 Sevilla

Semi-final

Sevilla 2-1 Manchester United

“And the players can feel that. It’s the competition that has helped us grow, that has helped us become a more significant club, that has helped us become more well known.

“It’s the competition that has boosted the club the most.”

The Spanish side have already put two Premier League sides to the sword on their way to the final – Wolves and Manchester United – and only Inter Milan stand between them and a sixth crown now.

Below, talkSPORT.com has taken a look at the numbers where Sevilla and the Europa League are concerned – and they make for impressive reading!

SEVILLA’S EUROPA LEAGUE RECORD

Final record: P5 W5 L0 (most recent: 2015/16, 3-1 vs Liverpool)

Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (2005/06, 2006/07, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)

Last season: round of 16 (lost vs Slavia Praha, AET)

Better than the rest: Sevilla holds the record for the most victories, having won the competition five times since its inception.

Sevilla’s famous five

Middlesbrough 0-4 Sevilla (2006)

The two sides had never previously met, with Sevilla running riot to secure their first-ever UEFA Cup crown, as it was known then, courtesy of an Enzo Maresca double, and goals from Freddie Kanoute and Luis Fabiano.

Sevilla thrashed Middlesbrough in the final

Sevilla thrashed Middlesbrough in the final

Espanyol 2-2 Sevilla – Sevilla win on penalties (2007)

In the all-Spanish final, Sevilla beat Espanyol 3–1 on penalties after drawing 2–2 after extra-time, becoming the first club to win the trophy two years in succession since the mid-1980s.

Sevilla 0-0 Benfica – Sevilla win on penalties (2014)

The LaLiga truimped once more on penalties with a 4-2 spot-kicks win over Benfica after the showpiece final in Turin was a stalemate after 120 minutes.

Sevilla celebrate beating Benfica

Sevilla celebrate beating Benfica

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2-3 Sevilla (2015)

The Spanish side defended their title after coming out on top in a five-goal thriller against the Ukrainian, winning the competition for a record fourth time, with Carlos Bacca grabbing a brace.

Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla (2016)

Sevilla reigned truimphant in their third successive final as they put Jurgen Klopp’s men to the sword, with Coke notching a quick-fire second-half brace to secure a deserved victory.

Liverpool’s Europa League defeat to Sevilla was a welcome reminder that a lot more work needed to be done

Liverpool’s Europa League defeat to Sevilla was a welcome reminder that a lot more work needed to be done





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