Sevilla vs Juventus: 3 things that will shape the outcome of Champions League tie

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After a topsy-turvy start to the season, Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus are steadily climbing back up the Serie A table and sitting pretty in their Champions League group.

Just one loss in the last 13 in all competitions is in stark contrast to their first few games, when the loss of Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal hit them hard.

The associated loss of form was, therefore, self-evident.


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Although the Old Lady have already qualified for the next stage of the competition, they will want to ensure they do so as group winners.

To that end, they have to ensure this game is won because Manchester City can still pip them at the post with a win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Let's take a look at three things that could affect the outcome of this one...


Both sides have still got everything to play for in this match.

Sevilla start their final group game at the bottom of the pile and, theoretically, out of Europe. However, a win here and a City win will see the Spaniards qualify for the Europa League - a competition that has become their speciality having won it for the last two seasons.

How Unai Emery would love to make it a unique hat-trick.

In order to do so, Sevilla must attack from the first whistle and keep Juve under pressure for the entirety of the 90 minutes.

The Bianconeri won't want to allow their visitors the time to dictate the pace of the game, so we could see a typical Italian catenaccio performance.

It wouldn't be pretty, but if it's effective you won't hear any Juve supporters condemning the tactics.


Juve's Paulo Dybala is really coming into his own this season and the man-of-the-match performance against Lazio last time out was capped with a sensational goal.

The 22-year-old has boundless reserves of energy and a creativity in possession to die for.

No stranger to putting in a shift either, Dybala will keep hammering away at the coal face until he gets his reward.

Adil Rami, in particular, will have to be aware of his quick, darting runs across the centre-backs, opening up space in behind for the likes of Paul Pogba to unleash a shot or two.


If there is one Sevilla player with a point to prove in this match it is Fernando Llorente.

The ex-Juve striker would like nothing better than to get one over his old side and prove they were wrong to get rid of him after an admittedly barren two-year spell.

The target man is probably Sevilla's best hope in front of goal, but the service into him has to be accurate, sharp and incisive.

If, as expected, Emery goes with Llorente as the lone target man, then it could be a long night for the Spaniard if his colleagues are not on the same wavelength.

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