Adil Rami: “We will give everything to make new history with Sevilla”
Sevilla fullback Adil Rami says they're confident facing Champions League opponents Leicester City. Sevilla go into the second-leg on the back of some scratchy form. However, the 31-year-old defender says: "It is true that we have lost a few points in the last games, but if we play as we know there will be no problems. "Leicester remains a tricky opponent, especially at home, but we will give everything to make new history with Sevilla."
Ramos, Terry… The top scoring defenders in world football
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is keeping on the pace of scoring important goals and bringing more and more points to the team, but he is not the only defender who not only does his main job well, but also helps the team on the frontline. Vbet News presents the 5 top scoring defenders in the world football.5. 5. Daniel Alves (33 y.o., played for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, Brazil national team) - 46 goals / 150 assists 4. Branislav Ivanovic (33 y.o., Lokomotiv Moscow, Chelsea, Serbia N.T.) - 53 goals / 45 assists 3. Naldo (34 y.o., Werder, Wolfsburg, Schalke 04) - 58 goals / 21 assists 2. John Terry (36 y.o., Chelsea, England N.T.) - 69 goals / 32 assists 1. Sergio Ramos (30 y.o., Sevilla, Real Madrid, Spain N.T.) - 80 goals, 41 assists
Sevilla 2 : 1 Leicester City – All goals and Highlights
Champions League Final Stage 1/8, Season 2016/17 - Sevilla 2 : 1 Leicester City - All goals and Highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 1:0 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 2:1
Sevilla vs Leicester City. Preview and Prediction
The Leicester fairy tale continues as Claudio Ranieri’s side are still much alive in Champions League and visit Sevilla today. The Foxes have a poor run in Premier League this season as they are on the verge of falling into the relegation zone, while their journey in Europe reminds us of the team that surprised the whole world last year. Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla is a hard rival for them to overcome, as the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outlet are currently breathing on Barcelona’s back in La Liga, having shown some incredible football throughout the championship, including the impressive victory over leaders Real Madrid earlier this year. The match at Sanchez Pizjuan promises to be an entertaining one. Leicester will try to use their goal opportunities and present the next surprise of the UCL playoffs. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will be the cornerstones to rely on. However, Sevilla are in a good run of form, too. Samir Nasri’s renaissance and Vitolo’s velocity will fuel the Spanish side’s engine. Being famous for his ability to fight in cup competitions, Jorge Sampaoli will surely prepare some unexpected moves for Claudio Ranieri. Team News Sevilla have been using different playing schemes throughout the season, and it’s hard to predict which one Sampaoli will choose for today’s game. Concerning the squad, there are two missing players for the hosts, as Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli are out due to injuries. Nico Pareja will almost certainly miss the game as he hasn’t recovered from the injury yet. On the other hand, Vicente Iborra is back to the team after sitting out the last game due to suspension. Leicester City will have to cope without Islam Slimani, who has failed to recover from a groin injury and hasn’t arrived in Andalusia with the rest of the team. Also, Leonardo Ulloa’s participation is still under doubt and Ranieri will make a decision only in the last minute. Robert Huth is the only player who risks to miss the next match providing that he is booked today. Head to Head These two teams haven’t met with each other before and today’s game is their first ever clash. It will make the game more interesting. What about teams’ form, Sevilla are in a much better position here, having lost only one of last 6 games. Sevilla: WWDLWW Leicester: LLWLLD The club now coached by Jorge Sampaoli are looking to make the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since their inaugural continental campaign in 1957/58. That run ended with a heavy quarter-final loss to eventual winners Real Madrid CF (0-8 a, 2-2 h). Their only previous two-legged knockout tie against Premier League opposition brought a 4-3 aggregate success (2-1 h, 2-2 a) for Sevilla over Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. This is the first time that Leicester have survived in a European campaign beyond Christmas. Two of the Foxes' three previous European campaigns ended against Spanish opposition. Club Atlético de Madrid eliminated them in both the 1961/62 European Cup Winners' Cup first round (1-1 h, 0-2 a) and the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round (1-2 a, 0-2 h). Possible lineups Sevilla – Sergio Rico, Mariano, Lenglet, Rami, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Iborra, Vitolo, Nasri, Vazquez, Jovetic Leicester – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy Prediction Sevilla are looking firm to grab three points at home with all the odds favoring them over Leicester. I believe that Sampaoli’s side will push hard today to secure their ticket to the quarters and decide the outcome of the tie here and now. That’s why I think that Sevilla will score at least two goals. Most probably, they will earn a 3-0 victory. My bet is “Sevilla Total Goals over 2” with odds 1.82 at Vbet.com.
Jurgen Klopp on Barcelona radar
Barcelona have put Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp near the top of their wish list to replace Luis Enrique, reports the Mirror. Enrique is under pressure following Barcelona’s 4-0 humbling to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Klopp, as well as Merseyside rival and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman, are two potential options to replace the Spaniard should he leave at the end of the season. Luis Enrique's possible replacements' list also includes Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli who is considered as one of the best managers in the world at the moment. However, the Chilean has spoken to the media and said that he doesn't intend to join the Catalan side.
Sevilla draw Villarreal with Nasri missing the penalty
Sevilla hosted Villarreal in a La Liga Week 21 match, with an aim of winning the match and not allowing Barcelona occupy the second place. However, Jorge Sampaoli's men didn't manage to find the key to Villarreal's goal. Moreover, Samir Nasri didn't convert the penalty kick in the 49th minute. The game ended with a goalless draw, and Sevilla allows Barcelona to overcome them.
Sevilla confident over Sampaoli future
Sevilla are confident that manager Jorge Sampaoli will be staying with the club despite links to a move away, and is already planning for the future according to club president Jose Castro. "Sampaoli is not at Sevilla just pasing by, he talks to us about the future,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "Sampaoli is very happy here and is already planning for next season." Sampaoli joined Sevilla in 2016 after Unai Emery's departure to PSG, and since then Sevilla became one of the biggest surprises in La Liga, currently occupying the second place behind Real Madrid and ahead of Barcelona.
Real Madrid striker said “NO” to 20 clubs
Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz was highly demanded during the January transfer window. However, the club academy product decided to stay at Real Madrid and show his abilities under Zidane's command. The Dominican has had offers from many European clubs, such as Sevilla, Villarreal, Malaga, Espanyol, Sporting Gijon in Spain, Lazio, Fiorentina and Genoa in Serie A and Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1. Clubs from England were also interested in the young talent. Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham were eager to see him in their teams. Eintracht Frankfurt was another contestant for the striker's transfer and wanted to get him to their team along with another Real Madrid loanee Jesus Vallejo. However, Mariano didn't want any move away from Madrid. He has decided to stay at the club where he played in 9 matches and scored 5 goals, having spent 223 minutes on the field.
N’Zonzi signs a new contract with Sevilla
Steven N'Zonzi has signed a new contract with Sevilla. The 28-year-old French midfielder has penned an extension with Sevilla which will keep him at the La Liga club until the summer of 2020. Ex-Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City star N'Zonzi was being linked with a Premier League return over the past few months. Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus, reportedly, had been interested in landing him. Nonetheless, ultimately he will remain in Seville for the next three years.
Brilliant quotes from the football world
Players get famous not only due to their amazing performances but also for their memorable and unique quotes. Here are the best ones! "You’re on your own out there … With ten mates… Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.” Michael Owen “People who know me, love me. People who don’t know me love me too… or they hate me.” Mario Balotelli “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” Diego Maradona “An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I definitely want my son to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” David Beckham "Predictions just at the end of the match." João Vieira Pinto "First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “We lost because we didn't win.” Ronaldo "Messi may have 4 golden balls but I don't have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine." Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.” Diego Maradona “Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.” Jose Mourinho “Finally my shirt brought Paul Pogba back to Man United.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” Mark Viduka “This season I picked up 14 yellow cards, but I earned only 8 of them. The remaining 7 are because of the referees.” Paul Pogba “I don’t blame Beckham, but we’ve lost because of him.” Ian Wright Rafael van der Vaart blamed Zlatan on intentionally getting an injury. “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as a coach. I approached the fourth official and said: 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it's 15, you have one more." Jurgen Klopp "I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona." Mark Draper