We must play a smart game, says Berizzo

We must play a smart game, says Berizzo

November 21, 2017 Off By Sports Writer

Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has said his side must play a smart game and not get involved in an end-to-end encounter with Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

Sevilla and Liverpool meet with both sides looking to book their place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

The English side top Group E on eight points, whilst the Andalusian hosts sit in second place, making the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan a mouth watering fixture.

Whilst, Jurgen Klopp’s men could qualify with a draw should Spartak Moscow lose; Sevilla know a win only will see them through to the next round.

Berizzo’s side head into the game having lost just one of their last four, coming against Barcelona before the international break at the Camp Nou.

The former Celta Vigo boss believes his side can get the better of their English counterparts and progress to the next round, but only if they remain disciplined.

“These big games often bring great expectations, but we must play smart and avoid a crazy back-and-forth game, ” Berizzo told reporters in his pre-match press conference.

“This type of game will not benefit us. We must have the composure to pick the right plan and execute it with balance.

“We suffered against their speed when we gave the ball away. We were not set up properly and we will have to keep that in mind. We can’t afford to lose the ball recklessly because Liverpool will make you pay.”

Liverpool are in similar form, having won four matches in a row after beating Southampton at the weekend.

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Defender Joel Matip is unavailable for the visitors through a groin problem, but striker Danny Ings have been included, despite only featuring once this season.

For the hosts, defensive pairing Daniel CarriƧo and Nico Pareja are both sidelined for tonight’s match while Simon Kjaer is expected to start at centre-back in place of Johannes Geis.