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Lopetegui leads Sevilla’s La Liga title assault

Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla assault La Liga title
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Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla secured an impressive away win against Real Betis. The Andalusians go into the international break one-point behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Sevilla secured an impressive 1-2 victory in the Seville derby against Real Betis. It was their most important result after failing to impress against Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Lucas Ocampos and Luuk de Jong’s goals gave Julen Lopetegui’s side the win as they overcome Betis’ pressure late charge.

Ocampos gave Los Palanganas the lead in the 14th minute as he capitalized on a failed clearance. The Argentine attacker fired past Joel Robles for his second La Liga goal.

Real Betis equalized through Loren Moron towards the end of first half. Luuk de Jong restored Sevilla’s lead 10 minutes into the second for the final goal of the match.

Emotions run high in derby fixtures and Lopetegui was justifiably pleased with his team’s performance.

“It was exciting, emotional. We showed great personality at an important moment. There’s a lot of passion, it’s very special. It’s been fantastic and we got a happy ending, too – and when you get a happy ending you enjoy it even more. We’re very happy and we saw what it means for the fans, the team, the city.”

Stuttering La Liga Rivals

As Sevilla withstood pressure from their cross city rivals for three points, their performance solidifies their title credentials. The team has managed to grind out results despite their assorted strikers failing to score regularly.

The arrival of former Real Madrid coach has coincided with the return of Monchi as Sporting Director. Sevilla went on a major spending spree with 158 million Euros spent on fifteen incoming players.

Sevilla are reminiscent of Lopetegui’s La Furia Roja, and his time with the Spanish national team has helped him in his new role. His squad is completely different from the one led by predecessor Joaquin Caparros.

Under Lopetegui, Sevilla have shown intelligent movement on the ball. They have used it to slow down the game to distill an opponents charge while also launching their own attacks.

It is this seamless transition from defense to attack, which has allowed his side to secure results while his forwards flatter to deceive.

Going into the November international break, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan-based side are fourth in La Liga. Lopetegui’s team are level on points with Atletico Madrid and one-point adrift of leaders Barcelona. Moreover, with two matches remaining they have already secured passage to UEFA Europa League’s knockout rounds .

Sevilla find themselves in favorable territory in La Liga. Real Madrid are struggling to find their rhythm after a summer of expense. Barcelona are stuttering under Valverde after failing to bring Neymar to the Camp Nou. With Atletico Madrid racking up draws as it adjusts to life without Antoine Griezmann, Sevilla’s have an outside chance for the league title.

Team in form

Los Palanganas have negotiated tough fixtures against Valencia and Atletico Madrid, strengthening their grip on top-4 after defeat against Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Andalusians are on a five match unbeaten run, managing 11 points as they grind out results against fellow La Liga hopefuls. Los Palanganas take on the challenge of Real Valladolid after the break as they bid to continue their La Liga title assault.