The UEFA Europa League Final is set for a stellar face-off between Conte’s Inter Milan and Lopetegui’s Sevilla. This will be a treat for football fans. The playing style of both teams compliments each other. This will be a hell of a match for any of the cup finals. This is our exclusive UEFA Europa League Final tactical preview where we’ll discuss how can Conte’s Inter and Lopetegui’s Sevilla tactically try to approach this game.
Predicted lineup and team news
Sevilla have no news of major injuries and it is predicted that the side will be same as Semi-finals against Manchester United.
Lopetegui likes to the lineup in a 4-3-3 system. He mainly wants his side to dominate possession. He likes to build up from the back. Both Fernando and Ever Banega will drop-in front of the two center-backs to start the buildup. Banega plays as a deep-lying playmaker. He with his passing vision and connecting gameplay move the ball forwards. Two of their fullbacks play a key role in the buildup. They overlap in the attacking zone providing necessary width for the side. Two of the wingers will cut inside to play as an inverted forward and will try to create a 3v2 advantage with opponent Center backs. Banega will also join the attack and will provide the necessary creativity.
Off the ball, Sevilla defends in a narrow 4-5-1 system. They like to maintain their defensive shape instead of pressing high. Two of the wingers drop deep to support the fullbacks and cover wing spaces. The other three mids create a mid-block to hamper the opponent’s buildup game. The main onus is to block the central channels and mark the opponent playmaker. This makes the forward drop and the attacking threat is this loosened. When the ball is won Ocampos and Suso make a run in the free spaces. Banega provides long balls in the spaces behind the defensive line which often results in a 1v1 situation with the goalkeeper.
Predicted lineup and team news
Like Sevilla, Inter also doesn’t have any injury issues, so they can field the same XI as they did in the semis against Shaktar.
Inter might line up in a 3-5-2 system. As Sevilla doesn’t generally press high. So Inter defenders will get time on the ball. They can use Skriniar to provide long balls directly in the attacking zone. This will make the mid lock of Sevilla ineffective. Either of the forwards will receive the ba and move to the wing space. This will create a 3v2 advantage on the flank with wingback and a central mid making sideways movement. This will make one Sevilla defender move to the side and create a space in the middle. This space can be exploited by the other forward who can create a goalscoring chance.
Without possession, Inter might defend in a 5-3-2 shape. The 3 men mid will stay low in the zone 14. This will give no space in the midfield and Sevilla will be forced to attack through the wing. The 3 man backline can easily outnumber Sevilla forwards and can defend the balls from the wings and neutralize Sevilla attack.
The UEFA Europa League final tie couldn’t have been better. Two teams are evenly matched and they can easily beat each other on their day. So this match is a true 50-50, and we hope the best team wins, as always, giving us a magical game of football on such a big European night.
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