Vincenzo Montella. Photo: Reuters

The locals have a chance for the first time in the club’s history to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.


Today. Munich. Stadium “All’yants Arena”. 21.45.

Referee: Collum (Scotland).

The first match – 2:1.


Outsiders in the 1/4 finals of the Champions League there, the eight best teams of Europe is in itself a sign of quality. But there are teams in the success of which is hard to believe, especially after the first games. And history shows from time to time – the less faith, the better.

Sevilla this season – the most obvious example. When in the 1/8 final she fell the man a condescending smile, and hastened to congratulate the British with an early victory. After 0:0 at the stadium “Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan” such smiles even more.

But take Ben Yedder in Manchester erased those smiles and turned everything on its head – the locals for the second time in its history (and for the first time in 60 years) reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where the team from the capital of Andalusia went to Bayern.


The first home match in Spanish again has not worked – “Seville” had excellent first half, took the lead, but an own goal from Navas and exact hit Thiago Alcantara decided the outcome of the meeting in favor of the guests. A more equitable result would have been a draw, but it’s just one more reason for the players Vincenzo Montella to knuckle up and get back in the game in Munich. That, and to win that Sevilla is able to.

In a November game Liverpool away in Spain until the 51st minute led the locals 3:0, but in the end everything ended in a 3-3 draw. Immediately after that, “Villarreal” Cheryshev missed the two goals and lost to the southerners 2:3.

Finally, the first semifinal match of the Cup of Spain against atlético in Madrid was saved by the locals for the last ten minutes of the game – a goal from Navas and Correa, there’s your 2:1. So to score one or two goals at “Allianz Arena” Sevilla is exactly the power – and if you get in the zone, stopping them will be difficult.


Satiety victories, which inevitably can feel Bayern on Saturday for the sixth time in a row became the champion of Germany, could hinder the Germans and help the Spaniards. On the one hand, the team of Jupp Heynckes’s nothing more to think about, except the Champions League, with another – “Seville” never before in the history of the club has reached the semi-finals of the main European competition, and this hunger can overpower any experience and advantage.

Bayern this season have stamped one winning streak after another, ahead of filling out another title, but Sevilla could not stand the pace of three competitions (championship, Cup, Champions League), has managed to fall out of the European zone of the table in La Liga. So in Munich Montella will have to go for broke and his card that should play.

There is a feeling that the last word in the Champions League this season Sevilla has not yet said.

Yegor BYCHKOV, Sport-Express