Sevilla began their journey to London from southern Spain today ahead of the huge Europa League clash with West Ham United tomorrow night.
Wets Ham most 1-0 to Sevilla in the first-leg of our Europa League last 16 tie in The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium last Thursday.
In all fairness, the Hammers players should have left Spain with at least draw to show for their efforts. They were more than a match for Sevilla.
The La Liga outfit were decimated by injuries and it seemed like very much an opportunity missed by West Ham.
And it appears as though Sevilla could be missing a whole host of players yet again for the second-leg clash at the London Stadium tomorrow.
Sevilla have been handed a much-needed and very much timely boost ahead of the Europa League clash with West Ham, however…
Sevilla player ready to face West Ham in Europa League
Ivan Rakitic was one of the players to miss out during the first-leg tie last week.
The 106-capped Croatia international, 34, was actually named in the starting XI by Lopetegui but had to be withdrawn late on having suffered from sickness throughout the day.
Rakitic has been a key man for Sevilla this season, bagging six goals and four assists in 35 games (Transfermarkt). The 34-year-old controls the tempo of Sevilla’s play and as such, he was a big miss for them last week at The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
It seems like Rakitic could be ready to play against West Ham though…
He was pictured boarding a flight from San Pablo airport to London today and can be seen here via Diario de Sevilla.
Last-16 Europa League tie finely poised
If the 34-year-old is indeed ready to start the game against West Ham, it will be a truly massive boost for Sevilla.
The Hammers need to win by two goals to progress through to the quarter-finals in 90 minutes. A victory by a one-goal margin would be enough to take the tie into extra-time.
It should be a cracking game tomorrow night and the London Stadium will be absolutely bouncing. Even with Rakitic starting for Sevilla, we still believe that West Ham should have enough to beat the Spaniards.
It’s an absolutely huge night for the Hammers. Let’s hope that every single West Ham player is up to the task.