Can the Ukrainian underdogs pull off a shock victory here?
Will Sevilla, the out and out favourites, falter at the final hurdle?
We will find out later on this evening as the two sides face off in this years UEFA Europa League Final.
Sevilla will come into this game knowing that only winning here will grant them a step-up into the Champions League, which they narrowly missed out on qualifying through via their La Liga position. Dnipro will come into this as the underdogs, who weren’t even expected to get this far in the competition, for them – this will purely be about enjoying the occasion and trying to topple Goliath. Who knows what may happen, Dnipro did beat Napoli to get to the Final!
Dnipro will come into the final with only five wins in their last ten, which further points neutrals in favour of the Spaniards, but, we have witnessed that Dnipro head coach Myron Markevych has been willing to rotate his squad, which has got the best out of star players such as Yevhen Konoplyanka, the once much clamoured for attacking winger has found his best form in recent months, and will surely be a key player for this final if Dnipro are to pull off a shock win.
Sevilla will come into this having only lost once in their last ten in all competitions. But, this stat is made even more appropriate when you look at the form within the Europa League itself; losing only once in 14 games, and scoring 26 goals along their route to the final. Not bad at all, especially, for a side trying to seal back-to-back Europa League titles. Grzegorz Krychowiak has also proven his worth to the side since signing last Summer, statistically rated Sevilla’s best player in the competition.
Attention turns to Warsaw tomorrow night as current holders Sevilla, take-on finalist newcomers, Dnipro, to battle it out to become Europa League Champions. Dnipro will be looking to make history to become the first Ukrainian team to lift the Trophy but it is Sevilla who are firm favourites for the title having won 3 Europa League finals in the past decade.
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An extremely humble Aleix Vidal told the UEFA’s official website;
“People can think what they want. Based on our name, people might say we are favourites, but if you think that a name guarantees you victory then you are wrong – because in a final the so-called better teams can lose. A final is unlike any other game. You can’t really know what it will feel like until you experience it. Here’s hoping you ask me next year and I’ll be able to tell you how it feels to win it.”
Myron Markevych was equally as humble to SkySports;
“We’ve studied Sevilla’s matches in the national championship and Europa League thoroughly…They’re very strong opponents. I consider Sevilla to be among Europe’s 10 strongest clubs. I expect a very hard encounter in Warsaw, but we want to show our best in the final.”
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