Can Fernando Llorente signing inspire Sevilla to Champions League glory?

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Winners of the Uefa Cup/Europa League in 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015 - it would be an understatement to say that Sevilla know how to play on the European stage. They have bullied the relative minnows of Europe for the past decade, but now is the time for them to take on Europe's elite. Mixing alongside Bayern Munich is a different prospect to Rapid Vienna, but it's a prospect Sevilla will feel more than capable of embracing.

The sale of Carlos Bacca may have dampened hopes of a Champions League push yet luckily they've found a more than adequate replacement. Three seasons ago, Fernando Llorente was enjoying a stellar season, dominating every defender he came up against in La Liga. Sevilla will be hoping they see a return to that form.

Midfield strength

After a forgettable couple of seasons in Turin, Llorente returns to his native country with a point to prove. He has 85 goals in La Liga, and he will be be hoping this campaign is where he tips over 100. With with a midfield consisting of Ever Banega, Jose Antonio Reyes and Yevhen Konoplyanka - there certainly won't be a shortage of chances.


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The quality of the midfield at Sevilla is their strongest area and they'll be very few teams in Europe who will feel they can outmanoeuvre the Andalusian outfit. Two teams who will feel they can match Sevilla in the midfield area are Manchester City and Juventus, who are both in their group. Llorente will no doubt need little motivation ahead of a return to his old employers. 

Difficult group

How they fare in the group will be a good indicator for Sevilla. On paper, their draw looks a disaster, in reality, it could be a blessing. City are notoriously fragile in Europe whilst the sales of Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal have made Juventus weaker this campaign. 

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It could be the perfect time for them to strike. 

Obviously getting out of the group and winning the competition are two completely different propositions - for Sevila though - reaching the quarter-finals would mark as a huge symbol of progress for future campaigns. The further they get, the more they'll feel they belong. As we've seen before, they know how to handle the latter stages of a European tournament.

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