The epic of Sevilla against Inter by Antonio Conte and exile

Those from Nervión fight tonight in Cologne for their sixth Europa League against a rocky Inter. The fearsome Lukaku and Lautaro threaten Banega's last tango.

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They will fly, they will fly flags and they will sound palms that no one will be able to imitate thousands of kilometers from the RheinEnergieStadion of Cologne while the sevillismo, full of pride, is excited with the umpteenth joy of this epic century that not even the most dreamer of Nervionian fans imagined at its dawn , when the remembered president Roberto Alés declared that famous "we don't even have enough balls". Sanitized by the capital gains in signings of the executor of all this, Monchi, who returned to Sánchez Pizjuán 17 months ago to return the train of greatness to its rails, under the good command of a directive that will be headed tonight by José Castro, the Sevilla faces their sixth Europa League final in 14 years, the fourth in the last seven (follow the match live on As.com) .

He does it expressly, through an unprecedented tournament of forced exile in Germany that today meets for Lopetegui's 15 days, during which they have been beating fierce rivals such as Roma, Wolves and Manchester United. In the semis, last Sunday, the Red Devils subjected Sevillla to the exercise of a resilience that will once again put another history of the continent to the test: the Football Club Internazionale Milano in Italy. The most Inter of all the Inter that exist in the world.

Three European Cups and three from the Europa League (they were still called UEFA Cups and only Sevilla have achieved more) adorn the magnificent record of Inter Milan, the only transalpine club that has never dropped to Second. Nerazzurri history has been somewhat dwarfed in recent years in the shadow of Juventus, the great dominator of Calcio, but it was not so long ago that the Interistas knew the greatest continental glory by winning the Champions League. It happened in 2010, with José Mourinho. The minimalist football practiced by the Portuguese coach marries the tradition of a team that in the 1960s, under the leadership of the mythical Helenio Herrera, contributed with great success to the creation of the catenaccio.

With a slim fit shirt, studio tan and hair from the operating room, Antonio Conte arrived at San Siro with a rocky and powerful football that fits perfectly in this Amarrategui school, marinated with one of the best, if not the best, spearhead that can be found in current football: Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez. Both will form the interista attack tonight, with an Alexis Sánchez headdress waiting on the bench.

Inter has repeated eleven starters in the three games of this final phase, since they eliminated José Bordalás' Getafe in the second round. Julen Lopetegui, who has also pulled from the same lineup against Roma, Wolves and United, doubts whether to give his team a twist in the face of the almost impenetrable configuration of the Nerazzurri team. The Basque coach already invented things in some games against the greats during the league season and it was only regular for him, so it is not expected that much will change what, except for some moments against United, has worked for him throughout this mini-tournament.

Gudelj may come out to help Diego Carlos and Koundé against the buffalo stampede that the Lukaku-Lautaro duo represents. Banega will dance his last sevillista tango before leaving for Arabia and Ocampos will only play if he forgets his knee problems and gives the electric version that he has offered for much of the campaign, not the timorous one against United. Whoever plays, they will play, pushed by the weight of a wonderful story in this tournament, their tournament, which lives the German epic as a tremendous culmination. So come on, Seville: come on champion.



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