European football journalist and Senior Sub Editor of MARCA in English, Jason Pettigrove, provides Juventus.com with the full lowdown on tonight’s visitors to Juventus Stadium.
JFC: What was the reaction from the club and the fans to facing Juventus again in the Champions League for a second consecutive season?
JP: There was always going to be a ‘top seed’ in the group and although Juve remain a fearsome opponent, the experience of last season means that Sevilla know exactly what to expect.
Supporters are positive because of the manner of the performance in both legs, and to get a home win at least gives the players some belief that Juve aren’t unbeatable.
JFC: Would you say that Sevilla have a stronger side now than 12 months ago or vice versa?
JP: It’s hard to judge after such upheaval and with only a few games played under Sampaoli.
Twelve summer signings coupled with 15 departures represents a real sea-change in terms of personnel and on paper you’d have to say that Sevilla have lost an awful lot of quality from vital areas.
That said, Sampaoli is the master at getting the absolute maximum from his players so the time to judge how strong his side are might be a few weeks down the line.
It took Unai Emery’s outfit six La Liga games before they managed their first victory last season, this year Sevilla have won two from three.
The new breed are off to a good start so let’s see how they fare.