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 unbeaten in five continental finals. Sevilla vs Roma Europa League Final 2023 Watch Live, Lineups and Live Score here and More on Trends King
Both of the teams, which performed poorly in domestic competition but brilliantly in second-tier competition in Europe, meet in Budapest, and only one can return home with the trophy.
Sevilla vs Roma Europa Final 2023 Match Preview
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 win 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.
Every time 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 trophy at the young age of 20, after Sevilla defeated Middlesbrough’s challenge.
The most successful team in tournament history will travel to Hungary to play in the country’s first European final since 1985 to wrap up a difficult 2022–23 season. The most recent victory came three years ago.
The Andalucian club has had a challenging domestic season, similar to Roma, but to a greater extent, and they travel to the east with understated Basque manager Jose Luis Mendilibar as their third coach of the season. Sevilla has avoided the threat of being demoted from La Liga thanks to his calming presence, and their circumstances have noticeably improved since his hiring.
Sevilla has only lost twice under Mendilibar’s leadership, most recently on the penultimate matchday of the Primera Division to Real Madrid. Despite the possibility that they will still finish outside of the top-half in Spain, Sevilla is just one victory away from capturing their seventh European championship.
The only previous match between Sevilla and Roma saw the Spanish team advance from the Europa League’s last 16 in 2020, before going on to win the trophy for a sixth time. If Sevilla wins in Budapest, only five clubs will have won more major European trophies.
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Mendilibar, who will play in his first European championship game, will be hoping for Sevilla’s lucky number seven, while Jose Mourinho has already collected five significant UEFA championships.
After helping the Giallorossi win the inaugural Europa Conference League trophy last year, Mourinho would surpass Italian master Giovanni Trapattoni as the most decorated manager in the long history of European competition. He also would become the first manager to win the Europa League with three different clubs, following prior victories with Porto (2003) and Manchester United (2017).
Even though Roma lost to Inter in their lone UEFA Cup final appearance, in 1991, this will be the club’s fifth overall. The most recent was when Mourinho’s team defeated Feyenoord in Tirana around this time last year.
A team that advanced through the autumn group stage before eliminating Red Bull Salzburg, Real Sociedad, Feyenoord (again), and semi-final losers Bayer Leverkusen could still win the continent’s championships in consecutive seasons, despite some dreadful recent form in Italy.
Young Roman Edoardo Bove’s goal at Stadio Olimpico gave the former team the victory. The first-leg advantage was tenaciously held in Germany seven days later, a Mourinho masterclass in bus parking.
After losing 2-1 to fellow European finalist Fiorentina last weekend, Roma, who is currently sixth in Serie A with one game left, can only finish fifth. The stakes are extremely high this week because some have even accused the Giallorossi of tanking during a run that included three losses and four domestic draws.
Naturally, the winners of the Europa League receive automatic qualification for the 2023–24 Champions League group stage. Mourinho appears to have staked his reputation on everything going well at the Puskas Arena.
Sevilla vs Roma Prediction
Sevilla’s form is unquestionably much better heading into Wednesday’s championship match than Roma’s, who have lost steam in Serie A and are relying entirely on their success in Europe. The La Liga team also has more attacking options at their disposal, but Mourinho’s team can defend desperately and score from set pieces, and that might be enough to give the defiant Giallorossi more hardware.
Sevilla vs Roma Team News
Yassine Bounou, who has been Sevilla’s cup goalkeeper ever since Jose Luis Mendilibar moved to Andalucia, will take Marko Dmitrovic’s place in goal as the Spanish team makes several adjustments from the squad that lost to Real Madrid on Saturday.
Despite the fact that Marcos Acuna is suspended and Tanguy Nianzou and Marcao are both still questionable due to injuries, Mendilibar still has a wide range of options.
On Wednesday, Jesus Navas, who will serve as the team’s captain and likely start the game from right back in a 4-2-3-1 formation, will be 37 years and 191 days old, making him the oldest outfield player to start a UEFA Cup or Europa League final since 38-year-old In 2008, David Weir did it for the Rangers.
Youssef En-Nesyri, a fellow World Cup star of Bounou’s, moves up front in place of Rafa Mir. The Moroccan striker scored once against Juventus in the semifinals and twice as Los Rojiblancos defeated Manchester United in the quarterfinals.
Only Rick Karsdorp and Marash Kumbulla are expected to miss the final because Leonardo Spinazzola, who resumed 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 fielding a depleted squad in Florence, showing that Wednesday’s match will be an all-or-nothing event.
Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has been directly involved in eight Europa League goals this season, will captain Roma in the Hungarian capital. Nemanja Matic, goalkeeper Rui Patricio, and the others did not travel to Tuscany at the weekend.
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Possible Lineups for Sevilla vs Roma
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