Agreed on the lesser of 6 evils for Roma and Besiktas. Roma is in a similar level to us, maybe a bit higher this season (having finished first in a group with Chelsea and Atletico), but we’re there somewhere.
While I think the only team that we’re better than, compared on paper, is Besiktas, but even they could knock us out easily and put 4-5 past us if we’re not at 100%. Meanwhile, I doubt we could do anything vs. Tottenham at this point.
This is our main issue this season, the fact that we need to be 100% with almost every team that can play some football, in order to get a positive result. Serious teams win even by giving 50%, they have a winning mentality, while we need to leave our souls in the pitch to do so, a very negative sign.
I will analyze the team and our play more in-depth by the end of December after the match vs. Sociedad and post a thread about it, to get other people’s comments also.
I don’t agree with the 4th place hope though. Not sure where that is coming from, considering that Valencia is in a great form, has no distractions (CL,EL), has a way more compact team than us and beats weaker opponents way easier than us. Not to mention RM and Atletico… I honestly think the 4th place is long and gone, so to save the season, we need to keep the EL places (5-6-7th), and try to win CDR as a consolation. Going to the quarters of the CL would also be a great achievement, a historical one, so let’s focus on things that would make this season one to remember for good, rather than focus on the 4th place and compete with teams that are way way better than us this season, almost impossible to reach them unless a miracle happens. I don’t believe much in miracles, although a Sevilla fan, but we need to keep it more realistic, as your username suggests