Sevilla looking to surprise Juventus
MADRID, spain (AP):
Sevilla want to show they are ready to reach the next level. After three straight titles in the Europa League, the Spanish club is hoping to thrive among the best football teams on the continent.
And the first step toward that goal may come today against Juventus, when they can secure a spot in the knockout round of the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
A draw against the Italian champions at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium will be enough to get the club back in the decisive stages of Europe's top competition, and a win will guarantee first place in Group H.
"We want to advance now so we don't have to depend on a result in the final game in Lyon," Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said yesterday.
In Group E, Harry Kane's return from injury might just be the catalyst that revives Tottenham's Champions League campaign.
The England striker, who was the Premier League's top scorer last season, has scored three goals in his first two matches back after seven weeks out with an ankle injury, and should lead Tottenham's attack for what could be a must-win game at Monaco.
Tottenham have only four points from four games so far, and will be eliminated if they fail to win in southern France and Bayer Leverkusen win at CSKA Moscow.
Still unbeaten this season, defending champions Real Madrid need a draw at Sporting Lisbon to reach the last 16 of the Champions League for the 20th straight time.
The Group G game marks a return to Lisbon for the first time since winning the 2014 trophy against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio da Luz.
Cristiano Ronaldo, again facing the team in which he started his career, will have another chance to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. The Portuguese forward is two goals short of the milestone.