UEL Matchday 1: Sevilla at Qarabag [2019-20]

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
1255 EST / 1855 CET / 0255 AEST

And that same feeling was replicated after that goal line scramble led to Slavia Prague’s winner in last year’s Europa League Round of 16 tie. While at the time it seemed like despair, the disaster in Prague can now be seen as a blessing in disguise. Without it, the Machín/Caparrós tandem might’ve still held out for a bit longer, and Monchi might’ve just taken that Arsenal job he was frequently linked with. Now 189 days on, we sit top of the league after 4 matchdays, and get to stake a claim on a trophy we once had a firm grip on.

As Matchday 1 of the Champions League has shown, not a single team should be taken lightly. If we desire to balance the league with these cup competitions, a good start will be vital in order to qualify as quickly as possible for the next round.

The entire squad, bar Nolito, has travelled to Azerbaijan, including Ocampos, who’s serving a suspension from last season. Dabbur came to prominence in last year’s campaign, after being the joint-3rd highest scorer with 8 goals. Will this be enough to at least earn him a spot on the bench?

Lopetegui will hope his struggling frontline is properly tested ahead of his 1st big match on Sunday against Real Madrid. Tonight we face a Qarabag team who won’t be unfamiliar against Spanish opposition. This same team took points off Atlético in both CL group games 2 season ago. As the standard in European football increases, there are rarely any easy games anymore. We will need to rely on our current away form to find success on Azerbaijani soil.

¡Vamos mi Sevilla!


haha perfect timing! Great job @Edinho!


Vamos Sevilla! Let’s hope we can continue our strong start to the season!


It’s time to take back this tournament! We have the team and passion to do it. #roadtosix is on


Gonna be at the stadium in Baku tonight. Maybe we can finally score more than 1 goal.



Vaclik; Pozo, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Joan Jordán, Gudelj, Óliver Torres; Franco Vázquez, Munir & Chicharito


Similar to the weekend where a #10 plays on the wing. And as we know with Mudo, he will abuse that privilege to roam.

Glad to see Pozo starting. He was so lively in pre-season.


Subs: Bono, Gomez, Lopes, Dabbour, Banega, Reguilon, Fernando

Man Dabbour just couldn’t buy a start to save his life, other than that a very interesting lineup, we get to see the up and coming in Pozo and Kounde while Escudero, Munir and Chicharito get a run out. I was hoping Jordan could be saved for the clash against Real but he starts, hopefully it’s just for 60 minutes as we need him to boss the flimsy Madrid midfield on the weekend. Torres and Vazquez on the wings could either be a masterstroke or lead directly to a stroke, it’s that fine of a line.


Quite a strong team and a very strong subs bench, I don’t see any savings for the Real Madrid game. Edit (except Navas)

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Nice! Take some photos to share por favor

Dabbur will get a run tonight unless injuries or cards prevent that. I’m excited for the game. Too bad I have a demo at 2PM ET :frowning:

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Happy with that team! Plus nice to see some squad rotation by Lopetegui. Vamos!

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Here we go, let’s hope this long tournament ends with us playing a final in May 2020.


We should win this one! Good to see some new faces that get less minutes, surprised about Dabbur not getting a start but of course, he’s currently the third choice obviously.

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Started well hope we keep this up

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Mudo seems to be more interested in giving the ball away than doing anything positive.

That and dallying on the ball for the cameras.

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Weird decisions at times. Building well going through the middle, but then an unnecessary pass out wide. Some wasted chances here in the first.

It’s not exactly a stroll in the park, Sevilla making hard work of it. Gudelj playing the Banega role without the long passes but solid connections. Escudero shows why we need Reguilon in the side.

Escudero wiffing there was pretty bad.