Europa League Final Preview: Sevilla vs Inter Milan

Europa League Final Preview: Sevilla vs Inter Milan

Last update: 22 August 2020 Categories: Featured, Europa League.

Sevilla will be gunning for their sixth Europa League title on Friday night when they take on Inter Milan.

Inter Milan dismantled Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0, waltzing their way into the final.

Meanwhile in a tightly contested Semi – Final the Andalusian side got the better of Manchester United beating them 2-1.

The Spanish Giants achieved an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League victories under Unai Emery, making them the most successful side in this competition.

European Royalty Inter Milan are striving for their European silverware for 10 years since Jose Mourinho lead the Italians to Champions League glory in 2010.

Romelu Lukaku has had a phenomenal debut season for the Serie A side, scoring in every Europa League match this season.

Since leaving Manchester United the Belgian has not looked back scoring 33 times in 50 appearances.

After Inter’s Semi- Final victory Lukaku said: “I’m a forward and I’m here to score, it’s something inside me.”

Lukaku finished this season as the third highest scorer in Italy behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

Europa League victory would cap an extraordinary debut campaign for Belgium’s all-time record goal scorer.

Sevilla, however have struggled to find a regular goal scorer, Ocampos finished the season as their top scorer with 14.

The Spanish side have failed to effectively replace striker Wissam Ben Yedder after his departure to AS Monaco last summer.

An unbeaten run of 20 matches in all competitions, a sequence that dates back to February 9th will see Sevilla go into the final with confidence.

In his debut managerial season for the Andalusian side Julen Lopetegui led Sevilla to their first top four finish in three seasons in La Liga and a return to the Europa League Final.

Two years ago Lopetegui suffered embarrassment after his sacking as Spain’s national team manager on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.

Ahead of the highly anticipated kick- off Lopetegui said: “Inter will force us to play an extraordinary game.

“They are a team of a magnificent level, a team made to play in the Champions League who finished one point behind Juve in the Serie A and has magnificent players and an experienced coach.”

Inter have looked incredibly dominant conceding once in their last seven matches, claiming a top two spot for the first time since 2010-11.

Inter are a rejuvenated club putting together a truly stellar campaign and are unbeaten in 11 games themselves.

Manager Antonio Conte said: “I know it’s very difficult to forget. Inter Milan was a fantastic team.

“Now, after 10 years, we have the possibility to lift a trophy. This is great satisfaction for me and the players.”

Fridays clash will be the first time the two clubs have gone against each other in European competition.

The winners will be included in the first pot for the 2020/21 Champions’ League group stage draw.