Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has said he will not rotate his side against NK Maribor on Tuesday evening.
Goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann saw the Andalusians lose their first ‘big test’ of the season at the weekend, relinquishing second place to Atletico Madrid, who moved close towards Barcelona at the top of the table.
The result leaves Sevilla in third place and whilst Berizzo was visually frustrated with the result at the Wanda Metropolitano – but despite reports he could rest a number of players for league duty – the Argentine coach has said he will not do so.
“I don’t plan to rotate the team too much,” Berizzo is quoted as telling his pre-match press conference by Estadio Deportivo.
“For every match you must approach it with different needs depending on that fixture’s requirement but we must be careful and thoughtful of how many alterations we make.
“This is not the game for Muriel and Ben Yedder to play together, we know they can play together but this will not be our plan for Tuesday.
“Nolito is available for selection but Simon (Kjaer) will have a late fitness test before we make a decision on him.
“Fixture congestion? Sevilla are a team that is used to competing in many different competitions and tomorrow’s game is what we are used to, but we must play at a higher speed.
“We have scouted Maribor extensively, they are a dangerous opponent – as they all are at this level – they play 4-4-2 and perform very effectively as a team.”
Sevilla have undergone a superb start to the season domestically, having beaten Las Palmas, Girona, Eibar and Getafe – whilst draws with Espanyol and the defeat to Atleti leave them on 13 points.
Maribor, who sit joint top of the Slovenian league having not lost in their last eight competitive games, beating Aluminij at the weekend 3-2.
The visitors drew their opening Champions League group game with Spartak Moscow, a result which left the group all tied after Sevilla’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield two weeks ago.
Elsewhere, La Liga’s other European representative on Tuesday evening – Real Madrid, face a tricky tie against Borussia Dortmund away.
The reigning European champions have not won in six games against Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.