Sevilla-Salzburg: Debut against a team in full swing (18:45)

The team coached by Julen Lopetegui also started well in LaLiga, with two wins and a draw, but faces the event less well traveled after the break due to the commitments of the national teams and the conflict raised between the clubs and Conmebol.

This led to the Seville formation not playing this weekend as the match of the fourth day at Sánchez Pizjuán against Barcelona was postponed, which led the club to organize a friendly against Alavés last Thursday on the same stage to avoid go so long without competing.

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The sevillistas played their last official match on August 28, in Elche (1-1), and since then up to eleven players went with their respective teams -the Argentines Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acuña and Papu Gómez, the Serbs Marko Dimitrovic and Nemanja Gudelj, the Moroccans Yassine Bono, Munir El Haddadi and Youssef En-Nesyri, the Swedish Ludwig Augustinsson, the Danish Thomas Delaney and the French Jules Koundé-.

All are already training under the orders of the Gipuzkoan coach, the last of them the Argentines, who did it on Saturday for the first time after their departure, and in principle all eleven are in physical condition. However, midfielder Gudelj will be safely out, as will Moroccan nationalized Dutch right winger Oussama Idrissi, who were not entered by the club for this phase of the competition.

With these exceptions, Lopetegui can count on the entire squad after Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos has been working for days at the rhythm of his teammates after overcoming an injury that has prevented him from making his debut even this season.

The midfielder Óliver Torres is another of those who has overcome the physical discomfort that has had him diminished for weeks, with what the Basque coach will have to choose from, although everything indicates that he will not reserve any of the basic players of his scheme.

Among them, Ocampos himself in offensive missions and central Koundé, this one again focused on Sevilla after the possibility that this preseason he would leave the squad in the summer market due to the interest they had in him in continental football.

This first European match of the course will be able to witness a little more than twenty-six thousand spectators, after the Junta de Andalucía authorized to cover sixty percent of the capacity of Sánchez Pizjuán by relaxing the sanitary measures in prevention of the pandemic.

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The winners of the last eight seasons of the Austrian league come to this stadium and they have added 21 points out of 21 possible this season, in which they have scored 19 goals in favor and only conceded one against.

With these impressive numbers, and with the dream of qualifying for the last 16 of the ‘Champions’ for the first time, the team led by the German Matthias Jaissle arrives, the alpine team faces the year with the losses of two of its main stars, promising striker Patson Daka, who scored 34 goals in the 2020-21 season, and midfielder Enock Mwepu, who left for England’s Leicester and Brighton last summer, respectively.

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With a clear commitment to the formation of young talents, the main weapons of Salzburg against the Julen Lopetegui team will be the always active American midfielder Brenden Aaronson and the offensive couple of Benjamin Sesko and Karim Adeyemi, who have 6 and 7 goals this season in their respective lockers.

Capable of the best in domestic competition and the worst in Europe, the Austrian team will seek to solve their defensive problems to get a good result that allows them to put their continuity on track in the current Champions League, but one of their centrals, Maximilian Wöber, left with an ailment from the last game of the domestic competition and it is not clear that the former Sevilla player plays in what was previously his home.

The 23-year-old Austrian defender was at Sevilla in 2019 from Dutch football in a fleeting stage in which he did not complete a season and from which he went to his current team, Salzburg, so now he returns to the Andalusian capital wanting to force its presence in the team.

– Probable lineups:

Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Joan Jordán; Suso, Rakitic, Ocampos; and En-Nesyri

Salzburg: Kohn; Kristensen, Solet, Wöber, Ulmer; Seiwald, Camara, Capaldo; Sucic; Sesko and Adeyemi

Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus).

Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

Hour: 18.45.

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