UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Sevilla FC 1-3 Juventus FC - 5 Talking Points
Juventus' victory guarantees the Old Lady a spot in the knockout stages.
It was deemed to be a battle of philosophies as two astute coaches faced off in the group stages of the Champions League. Instead, it ended as a contest of temperament as Juventus rallied to defeat Sevilla 3-1 at the latter’s home.
The win ensures Juventus’ qualification for the knockout stages and with a game against minnows Zagreb upcoming, the Old Lady will fancy their chances of topping the group. Sevilla, on the other hand, have their task cut out as they look to consolidate their position to qualify for the next stage.
Let us reflect on the top 5 talking points of the match
#5 Sevilla looked the more threatening side in the first half
It was the familiar pressing game from ex-Chile national coach Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla side. Known to be an absolutely radical manager, Sampaoli pressed the Old Lady throughout the first 45 minutes. Incisive passing and quick movements saw the home side take the lead as early as in the 9th minute.
The Spanish side were playing a breed of football which was creating ripples in the Juventus back four. However, the away team did not relent and launched occasional counter attacks. But, during the first 45 minutes, Sevilla looked like going home with 3 points.