Sevilla – Roma: Sevilla Prevail After War Of Attrition (1-1, 4-1 After Penalties)

Roma approached this game in a cautious fashion in their compact 3-5-2 system. They were able to take the lead in the first half, but Sevilla equalized early in the second half as they looked to attack Roma with their wing-play. The game became quite scrappy for much of the remainder, and it was eventually settled on penalties where Sevilla added another Europa League title to their record.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

Despite one of their worst domestic seasons in recent memory, Sevilla were once again on the stage where they seem to thrive – the Europa League Final, seeking to win the competition for the seventh time.

José Luis Mendilibar’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jesús Navas, Loïc Badé, Nemanja Gudelj, and Alex Telles made up the back four, with Fernando and Ivan Rakitić in the double pivot ahead of them. The attacking midfield trio of Lucas Ocampos, Óliver Torres, and Bryan Gil then supported striker Youssef En-Nesyri.

Roma have also struggled in Serie A this season, especially of late where they are currently seven games without a win in Italy. This meant that following up on last year’s Europa Conference League success by winning the Europa League here was crucial, as it was their only chance of Champions League Qualification.

José Mourinho’s side started from a 3-5-2 shape, with a back three of Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, and Roger Ibañez. Zeki Çelik and Leonardo Spinazzola were the wing-backs, with Bryan . . .

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Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]


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