The key for Juventus to dominate Serie A.
Juventus, the team that won the most Serie A titles, will challenge for the first European championship in the 21st century. In addition to Seville, the king of Europa, Italian teams can occupy up to four seats in the European finals.
Seville and Juventus will play the second leg of UEFA Europa League (UEL) semi-final in Ramón Sánchez Pisjuan, Seville, Spain at 4 am (Korean time) on the 19th. The first leg at Juventus home earlier ended in a 1-1 draw.
Juventus will conquer Europe for the first time in the 21st century. The Bianconeri are the traditional Italian team that has won the most titles in Serie A (36 times) and the Italian Cup (14 times). However, when I went to the mainland, neither victory nor kite flying was achieved. Although they have reached the final of the European Champions League (UCL) nine times until recently, they have only won twice. Their last victory in all competitions can be traced back to the 1999 UEFA Toto Cup. After 30 years in the 1992-93 season, the chance to win UEL was desperate.
However, the opponent Seville is not easy. Just like the nickname "King of Europe", he is considered to be the most difficult opponent in UEL. Since the 2005-06 season, he has lifted the trophy six times and was named the team that won the most times in the competition. This season, too, they beat Eindhoven, Fenerbahce and Manchester United to reach the semi-finals. Especially in the case of winning three games in a row at home, he scored eight goals, showing a strong side. Currently ranked 10th in La Liga, but that’s why it is considered as a strong candidate for the championship.
In the first round, the two teams played very closely. In the 26th minute of the first half, Seville striker Yusuf Ennesiri received Lucas ocampos’s cross and shot the goal with his right foot. However, in a corner kick before the end of the game, defender Federico Gatti headed the goal to equalize the score. It was a fierce battle, and 24 shots were exchanged in 90 minutes.
After that, they blew the trumpet of victory side by side in the league. Seville beat valladolid 3-0 away on 15th (Korean time). Soon after, Juventus also brought Cremonese home and beat them 2-0. The two teams had a big rotation, scored goals in the second half, and won with zero points.
However, there are injury variables in Juventus. Paul Bogba left the stadium in pain after 25 minutes against Cremonese. After that, it was officially announced that his left thigh injury was recovering and he could not participate in the second game. Bogba, who helped to equalize the score in the first round, needed the main players such as Adrian Rabiot and nicolo Paggioli to make up the position.
If Juventus beat Seville, there is a great possibility of meeting Roma in the final. Mourinho’s Roma had the advantage after beating Leverkusen 1-0 at home in the first leg. The first finalists are UCL’s Inter Milan, UEL’s Juventus and Rome, and Florence in the Europa League semi-final. If three teams win side by side, Serie A will send up to four teams to the European finals. Juventus, which meets its strongest opponent, holds the key for Europe to dominate Serie A..