In the Europa League final on Wednesday at the Puskas Arena, six-time champion Sevilla will play Jose Mourinho’s Roma team, which is still winless in five continental championships. Both units, which performed poorly in local competition but brilliantly in second tier play in Europe, meet in Budapest, and only one can return home with the trophy. Sevilla will carry on a proud tradition that has grown stronger in the 21st century as they step out on Wednesday night under the spotlight of the entire continent: their semi-final wins over Juventus saw them advance to the Europa League final, or its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, for the seventh time; two more times than any other club.
Whenever Los Rojiblancos have advanced to the competition’s finals, they have triumphed. Their first victory came in 2006 when current captain Jesus Navas contributed to winning the cup at the young age of 20 after Sevilla defeated Middlesbrough’s challenge. The most successful team in tournament history will go to Hungary to play in the country’s first European final since 1985 to wrap off a difficult 2022–23 season. The most recent victory came three years ago. Sevilla’s performance in the semifinals included a 25th victory from their past 28 Europa League games at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, but they must now demonstrate their mettle on the neutral ground against extremely obstinate opponents.
Roma’s Team News
Despite long-standing worries, it appears like Roma’s star player Paulo Dybala will be available in Budapest as well after receiving the club’s medical staff’s approval. The erratic attacker should at least be well enough for a substitute appearance after recovering from an ankle injury sustained against Atalanta last month.
Only Rick Karsdorp and Marash Kumbulla are expected to miss the final because Leonardo Spinazzola, who began full training at the beginning of the week, is also expected to return in time. A number of important players will return after Jose Mourinho made his intentions clear by playing a depleted squad in Florence, showing that Wednesday’s match will be an all-or-nothing event. Lorenzo Pellegrini, the captain, Nemanja Matic, and custodian Rui Patricio did not go to Tuscany. Also Read: Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
Sevilla’s Team News
Yassine Bounou, who has been Sevilla’s cup custodian ever since Jose Luis Mendilibar moved to Andalucia, will take Marko Dmitrovic’s position in goal as the Spanish team makes significant adjustments from the squad that lost to Real Madrid on Saturday. Even though Marcos Acuna is banned and Tanguy Nianzou and Marcao are both still questionable due to injury, Mendilibar still has a wide range of choices.
Jesus Navas, who will captain the club from right back in a likely 4-2-3-1 configuration, turns 37 years and 191 days old on Wednesday. being a result, he should surpass David Weir, who started the 2008 UEFA Cup or Europa League final for Rangers at age 38, being the oldest outfield player to do so.
Predicted Lineup and Score
Sevilla’s possible starting lineup: Bounou; Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Telles; Fernando, Rakitic; Ocampos, Torres, Gil; En-Nesyri
Roma’s possible starting lineup: Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Zalewski, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Abraham
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