Match Preview and Team News
Sevilla FC coach Manuel Jiménez claims that intelligence is what his side need most if they are to fight back from 3-2 down to beat Fenerbahçe in tonight’s UEFA Champions League first knockout round decider.
Sevilla’s trademark attacking play earned Sevilla two priceless away goals a fortnight ago in Turkey, however, teir cavalier approach almost cost them dearly when Semih Şentürk struck a late winner for the home side. With the tie in the balance and both sides eager to reach the quarter finals, Manolo Jiménez has demanded that his players use their heads. The Sevilla coach said "We'll have to be intelligent because our opponents also want to qualify. It's all very well attacking, however that can rebound on you if you don't have the intelligence to stop the opposition from counterattacking. We mustn't give in to euphoria."
Sevilla have been in this situation before, and survived, having recovered 1-0 first-leg deficits en route to UEFA Cup glory in both 2005/06 and 2006/07 – against LOSC Lille Métropole and CA Osasuna respectively.
Jimenez knows his side’s form and is confident that Sevilla will progress, saying “If Fenerbahçe are slight favourites because of the scoreline, we certainly don't feel inferior to them or anyone else. We all just need to work harder because a draw won't be enough. If we can go through, it would be important not only for the club but also for the city and Spanish football."
Luis Fabiano, Diego Capel, Seydou Keita and Adriano will all return after being rested for Saturday's 2-1 loss at RC Deportivo La Coruña that ended a five-match unbeaten league run. Centre-backs Ivica Dragutinović and Julien Escudé have returned to full fitness, while Mosquera may have to step in if Dragutinović fails to overcome a groin problem.