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Sevilla have been a different animal under Julen Lopetegui, and the Spanish giants have lost just once in 19 league games, showing just how much of a quality side they are.
As a matter of fact, Bayern Munich laboured to beat them 2-1 in the UEFA Super Cup, and they are expected to cause Chelsea all manner of problems at Stamford Bridge, when the two sides meet in our Champions League group’s opening game on Tuesday night.
Lopetegui’s side are known to press hard and fast, and are very good on the ball, and many will be wondering how Chelsea will cope against them. Sevilla have a good record against English clubs, and they defeated Wolves and Manchester United on their way to lifting the Europa League last season.
However, Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, has hailed the quality in the Chelsea team, and believes that the Blues are ready to face Sevilla.
Azpilicueta told the media ahead of the game: “Since I arrived here in 2012 I always had the belief and the confidence that we could fight for everything,’ said Azpilicueta. ‘So this year it’s true that we didn’t start the way we wanted in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup but the Champions League starts, it’s completely a new challenge and we have to be ready for it because we are going to be playing against a strong team.
“We saw Sevilla beat Wolves and Manchester United in the last campaign in the Europa League, so we have seen that they have the level to compete against teams in the Premier League, and they are a team that want to control the game offensively and defensively.
“When they don’t have the ball they want to get it back and attack quickly and also they try to put their attacking players in dangerous situations. Last season in La Liga they finished in the Champions League places and they won the Europa League, so they had a very good season and they have started this season in the same way. We expect a tough game but we are Chelsea, we are at home, we are playing our first game in the Champions League, so we have to be ready to compete.”