Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) will face Spanish La Liga side Sevilla in Europa League quarter-final match today, 11 August 2020 at 20:00. Ruben Neves, Wolves midfielder said the match will be like a final to Wolves.
The match which would take place at Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena, Duisburg, Germany, is Wolves first Europa League quarter-final match in 48 years. It is another proof of how consistent the team has become in recent years especially under coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Unfortunately for the Premier League club that finished 7th on the league table in the just concluded 2019-2020 Premier League season, they will face Sevilla that are regarded as one of the most successful clubs in the European football competition.
Sevilla which finished the 2019-2020 La Liga season on the 4th spot on the league table has won the European league 5 times. They are in the competition this season to win their 6th but they would have to pass through the very resilient Wolves team.
“We know they have won the tournament before but it’s a different tournament now with just one leg,” Ruben Neves said.
“It’s hard for every team. There are very good teams in the tournament so it’s a completely different way to play the Europa League. It will be like a final for us and for Sevilla. I hope we can go through to the semis.”
Wolves to show their own identity
Sevilla is a made team while Wolves is a team that is made up of players that are ready to play for their manager. Coach Nuno grew with most of his players from the second tier of English football to the apex of club football in the country. In fact, the 46-year-old Portuguese tactician joined the club in 2017 when the club was just 15th on the Championship table. Three years later, they have become a regular in the top 10 clubs on the Premier League table.
“I am very proud”, Nuno said ahead of their match against Seville. “Now I think we can see we have our own identity, which is based on strong foundations of respect and hard work.
“This is what we show against Sevilla – a good team, with a strong identity and committed to the challenge.”
Any team that wins tonight’s game will face Manchester United in the semi-final of the tournament on Sunday, 16 August 2020.