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Sevilla travel to Moscow to face Spartak test

Sevilla will travel to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday evening in their third game in Group E of the Champions League.

Spartak haven’t been having a great season to date and find themselves fifth in their domestic league, eight points behind Zenit St Petersburg who are the early pacesetters. In the Champions League Spartak have started with successive 1-1 draws against Maribor (away) and Liverpool (home).

Spartak have a few injury problems for this game with Jano Ananidza, Artem Timofeev, Roman Zobnin, Ze Luis, Artem Rebrov and Georgi Tigiev all injured while Lorenzo Melgarejo is also listed as doubtful for the game.

Spartak boss, Massimo Carrera is under no illusions about the difficult task his charges will face when Sevilla come to Moscow. “They don’t have any weaknesses. We have to play an ideal match from a technical and a tactical point of view,” said the Italian.

Sevilla are also having a mixed season domestically and sit 5th in La Liga with 16 points from eight games, which sees them six points behind Barcelona who top the table at the moment. In the Champions League Sevilla have started well with four points from their first two games. They drew 2-2 at Anfield against Liverpool before beating Maribor 3-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Tomorrow they will be without Daniel Carrico and Nico Pareja while Steven N’Zonzi is also listed as a doubt. However, Eduardo Berizzo isn’t making any special plans for the trip to Moscow. “Tomorrow we will play our game. We will be responsible with the ball. We will play carefully but won’t use our defence as a weapon. We will play attacking soccer as we like to keep possession of the ball,” said Berizzo.

Sevilla are undoubtedly a stronger side than Spartak but it won’t be easy for them to get a result in Moscow. When the draw was made Berizzo would have been looking at the double-header with Spartak as a chance to pick up between four and six points so as long as they don’t lose on Tuesday they will remain on track to reach the knockout stages of this seasons Champions League.

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