Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game between Sevilla and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui has declared Chelsea as one of this year’s Champions League favourites.
Lopetegui said: “We are up against one of the teams that could win the title, in Chelsea, but we want to focus on performing well (on Tuesday) – that’s all we can do.
“I think it’s going to be a tough ask. Every match is difficult, but especially in the Champions League against a team like Chelsea.
“Chelsea have bought some good players, invested a lot of money, it’s a great squad and coach that knows the club inside-out.
“It’s very challenging to play in the Champions League, but it’s the culmination of what we did last season.
“We often talk about enjoying football, but that’s the only way we know, to give everything we have.
“They are an extraordinarily strong opposition. Chelsea have some fantastic, top players, but they are going to force us to be at our very best.
“We’ve got to raise ourselves to our very best standard, because that’s the level that we’ll need (on Tuesday).
“I really don’t think the starts for the season for both sides count for every much at this point.
“They have been playing well lately and they will force us to produce our best possible performance across the board. We’re going to need to play very well (on Tuesday).”