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Preview: Maribor vs Sevilla

A trip to Slovenia is what awaits for Eduardo Berizzo’s men tonight. The match will be again led by coach Ernesto Marcucci after taking the helms on the weekend against Deportivo, With Berizzo recovering at home following his successful Surgery last week.

Sevilla currently sit in second place in their group and need a victory and hope Spartak Moscow lose to progress to the round of 16.

Speaking ahead of the game Marcucci made it clear there was no other plan than to win: “That’s the idea. This club and its history allow nothing less. Our intention is to go out to win and look to do that right from the start – even knowing that other results could see us through”.

Tonight is second visit to the Ljudski vrt stadium having visited the stadium in the Europa League round of 32 back in 2013. Though September’s 3-0 win in Nervion – including a magnificent hat-trick for Wissam ben Yedder will still be fresh in minds for Sevillistas.

Sevilla have won only one of their last 11 away Champions League games (D4 L6), that came against Dinamo Zagreb in October 2016, but with Maribor already out of contention of making the last 16 Sevilla should be encouraged about getting the right result.

Maricucci also said he will take into consideration this weekend’s game against Real Madrid when it comes to selecting his starting XI but will still try to pick a strong side so they can progress , this comes after much criticism of rotating players earlier on in the competition.

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