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Sevilla Are Six-Y And They Know It

Sevilla have won a 6th Europa League, which is at least twice more than any other team.

Diego Carlos gave away penalties in the Quarter Final, Semi-Final, and Final of the Europa League this season. But it was he who produced the overhead kick that ultimately proved the winning of the game. It went down as a Lukaku own goal. Lukaku had given Inter the lead before de Jong equalized. The Dutchman then put Sevilla in front, but 3 minutes latter they were pegged back by Diego Godin. Carlos had a bicycle kick deflected in by Lukaku late on. Inter couldn’t find an equalizer, despite Bono having to make a late save against Candreva.

Match Facts

  • Inter will now be 10 years without a trophy. They last lifted silverware in December 2010 when they won the Club World Cup, having won the Champions League the season previously.
  • This is the first time Sevilla have beaten an Italian side in a Europa League knockout game.
  • First time Conte hasn’t won a trophy in his first season managing a club side.
  • Lukaku is the first player to score for both sides in a UEFA Final.
  • Diego Godin is the first defender to score in both a Champions League and a Europa League Final. He lost both of these games.

Bigger things

Sevilla will now be a top seed in the 20/21 Champions League.

I wish Sevilla would become a consistent champions league team. Surely a lot of the Europa league is there to push teams to improve and a stepping stone to Champions league. It’s time Sevilla done that, their dominance in the competition in the last 10/15 years is quite disappointing on a very strange level. Feel sorry for Lukaku who will also get criticised on twitter/the media, he’s a very good player and treated harshly by many.

– Rodg

Rodg makes a valid point about Sevilla failing to turn their Europa League success into success in Europes premier competition. If the draw is kind to them perhaps they can find their way to the latter stages of the Champions League. They have proven they can beat big teams on their way to Europa League glory. With Barcelona looking shook, maybe Sevilla can begin to challenge in La Liga too.

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Era of dominance Could Be In Store For Real Madrid

Real Madrid could afford to draw their final game of the season, having ultimately ambled to the League title. It had been a close fought race for much of the campaign, with Barcelona leading for much of the season after early challengers Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and surprise packages Granada fell away. This may be the last time for a while La Liga is particularly close run.

Looking at the landscape of La Liga, Los Blancos could be set to dominate the league like they did in the 60’s. (Image: Al Jazeera)

Madrid won the league title conceding just 25 goals, the meanest defense in the top 5 European leagues, 2 less than notoriously stubborn neighbors Atleti. That’s largely down to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (formerly of Aleti) becoming comfortable, and the world class partnership of Varane and Ramos. Ramos has been on fire at the other end too, scoring 13 goals so far in all competitions, 11 in the league, more than Barcelona’s star striker Antoine Griezmann. The two middle men are flanked by the reliable Carvajal and one of Ferland Mendy or Marcelo. The Eder Militao serves as back up, as youngster who looks set to be a world class player.

That’s something Real Madrid have subtly been doing better than Barcelona in recent years. The balance of galacticos and ones for the future. Since bringing in Suarez and Neymar, most of Barcas big signings have been more hit than miss. Coutinho spent his time on loan, Dembele never got going, Vidal has been past his prime for a few seasons now, Griezmann doesn’t seem to fit into the team. The most recent transfer debacle has been letting young prodigy Melo Arthur go to Juventus in place of 30-year-old Pjanic. Looking at Barcelona’s line-up for next season as things stand, Lenglet and De Jong are the only relatively new faces to get excited about. And then there’s Messi, who is apparently fed up. If Messi doesn’t perform, this Barca team is average.

Whereas for Real Madrid, they have talented youngsters in Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Federico Valverde to work along side the old guard of Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema (the most underrated striker in world football), and Luka Modric. If Eden Hazard can stay fit, he will likely hit the ground running next season. Luka Jovic is the odd one out, and looks like he may be on his way. And as always there’s speculation surround Mbappe joining and the signings of young guns like Camavinga and Soumare.

It’s not just the players, they have what they for so long were missing. A manager the players want to play for. So often in the past it was a case of a bit of success, then the players get tired of playing for the coach. That hasn’t happened in either of Zidane’s two spells. The players love him, and will run through a wall for him. You could see Madrid enjoyed their football. And he’ a winning coach. 3 Champions Leagues in a row and now the first league title of the decade.

It may not be the best time to be a neutral, Germany, Italy, and France already have been largely dominated by the same team. We could be adding Spain to that list soon. Real Madrid are in the best shape of any La Liga team.

Barcelona are being held together by sellotape. Other big names like Sevilla, Villarreal, and Valencia lack star power. Real Sociedad are an exciting young team, but could see their talent poached. Atleti are ones to be curious about, but have a bit of a rebuilding job on their hands and can’t seem to hold onto key players. They finished 17 points behind their rivals.

The Champions League may be something of a last hoorah for Barcelona, but the one-off game format possibly suits a team like Real, who have quality and momentum.

At the end of the decade, we could be asking who could knock Real Madrid off their perch.

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