The Champions League is back in Seville. Sevilla FC will begin tonight, Tuesday 19 October, a new Champions League campaign after finishing fourth in last year's La Liga, wrapping it up with a sixth Europa League trophy in Cologne. That very number, six, is how many times Sevilla have been in the Champions League group stages this century, with another participation in the qualifying rounds. The ball gets rolling tonight at 21:00 CEST at Stamford Bridge.
Tonight's clash against Chelsea FC in Group E will be the first official encounter between the two teams. The teams have only come up against each other once in a friendly all the way back in 1975. It is not the first trip to London however. The Nervionenses have played against Arsenal and Tottenham before in previous editions of the Champions League and Europa League. Sevilla's last trip to England was to Manchester, when the team secured passage to the Champions League quarter-finals after defeating Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Sevilla FC know London well having come up against Arsenal and Tottenham in the UCL and UEL
Chelsea, the most active club in the recently closed transfer market, welcome Julen Lopetegui's team after drawing 3-3 against Southampton at Stamford Bridge, a result which leaves the team seventh in the table with eight points after five games. Frank Lampard's team are the tenth English side that Sevilla FC has come up against in their European adventures, equalling the previous holders Germany who also sit at ten teams.
Sevilla FC's manager, in his press conference, underlined the excitement with which the team arrive to the match against an opponent who 'are in a position to win the trophy.' Suso, who accompanied the manager, emphasised 'we must have the ball to hurt them.'
The match will be played tonight, Tuesday 19 October, with kick-off at 21:00 CEST at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian Davide Massa as referee.