Sevilla FC make their way into the final international break of 2019 in a very different mood to what they were in just a month ago. Back then, Lopetegui's troops went away to their national sides after a 4-0 defeat at the Camp Nou to FC Barcelona. And, even though the distance to fourth place was only a point, they were sitting in sixth place in the table, far from the top of the table. Luckily, those two weeks away from league action seemed to have done the team a world of good.
Without going any further, that defeat against FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou was the last defeat that the team from Nervión has experienced. In total, since football got back to normal after the October international break, in both La Liga and the UEFA Europa League, Sevilla have played seven games in just 22 days. The results in these games couldn't, however, be any more positive. It started with the hard fought win over Levante UD and the well-deserved wins, also in Nervión, over F91 Dudelange and Getafe CF respectively.
After the first third of the league season, Sevilla lie in the Champions League spots and are only a point behind the leaders
From there, we moved to the Mestalla where we managed to draw the game, even though we were leading for a large part of the game and dominating in different aspects of it against Valencia. Sevilla once again showed their strength and competitveness as they drew, again, against Atlético Madrid and came into the last week of matches raring to go. After the drubbing of F91 Dudelange in Luxembourg and the sweetest of derby wins in the Villamarín, the two main objectives for this stage of the season have been achieved. On the one hand, the team are back in the Champions League spots, and lie only a point behind the leaders after 13 games. On the other hand, they have already qualified, as group winners, for the knockout stages of the UEL.
Now, we have another international break with the main objective being on recharging the batteries just like we did last time. Ahead of us we have another away trip to Valladolid, before we welcome Leganés to Nervión on Sunday 1st December. These games are sandwiched in between by a home game in the UEL against Qarabag, which takes place on Thursday 28th November. Even though the past is in the past, the team will be looking to continue along the same lines whenever they return from the international break.