A draw on Tuesday night would rubber-stamp Sevilla’s place in the Champions League last 16, but Jorge Sampaoli was adamant that his side had eyes only for a victory that would also see them progress as Group H winners.
“Juve are one of the strongest sides in Europe, but we go into every single game looking to win,” the Rojiblancos coach opened. “We’re not aiming to draw tomorrow’s match, that would be madness.
“While our objective in Turin was to nullify Juventus’ threat, tomorrow we’ll be looking to play a very different kind of game. We know that if we let them have even only a few goalscoring chances then they’re capable of punishing us.”
The Bianconeri will be without both Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain for the showdown in southern Spain, but Sampaoli was quick to stress that the Serie A league leaders remained dangerous in attack despite the Argentine duo’s absence.
“They’re able to adapt to various formations, but whatever (Massimiliano) Allegri opts for we need to be very wary about their counter-attacks, as they’re incredibly quick. If we fail to impose our game, then we know that we’ll be in for a very tough evening.”
Sevilla full-back Sergio Escudero echoed his boss in acknowledging Juve’s quality, but admitted that he and his team-mates would do their all to seal a pivotal success in their Champions League campaign.
“Tomorrow will be an incredible match, we’ll give everything we’ve got. We know that Juventus are a great side with top players who boast plenty of experience on the international stage, but we’ve already drawn in Turin and know how to beat anyone on our day.”