Lopetegui: ‘Sevilla won’t change for Roma’

Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui insists they are ‘a recognisable team and won’t make radical changes’ against Roma in the Europa League.

The one-off Round of 16 kicks off in Duisburg on Thursday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“What we can say for certain is that our opponents are in great shape, play really good football and have a strong squad at their disposal,” said Lopetegui in his press conference.

“Paulo Fonseca is also a great coach. Having said all of that, Roma are a team within Sevilla’s reach. We want to win and will try to put in a great performance against a very strong rival, remembering we don’t have a second leg to count on.

“Everything that happened from March onwards has forced us all to adapt and we want to show the best version of ourselves, with our mentality and desire to win.”

Sevilla were hit personally by the COVID-19 pandemic, as midfielder Nemanja Gudelj tested positive last week.

“It’s disappointing he won’t be part of this game, but I will use my best available XI, knowing that you win games with those who come off the bench too. We still have today’s training session and tomorrow’s run-out to shake off the final doubts.”

They did finish the Liga season with a strong run of results and Lopetegui isn’t shaken by Roma’s switch to 3-4-2-1.

“We are a very recognisable team, no matter who we are up against, so there won’t be any radical changes. I have one doubt on the XI, but that is practically resolved.

“We will try to play our game in our style, then after that we’ll see how Roma react.”

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Ocampos: ‘Sevilla, Roma, Inter Europa favourites’

Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos believes they are among the Europa League candidates with Roma, Inter and Manchester United, despite the COVID-19 case.

They take on Roma in a one-off Round of 16 clash on Thursday at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT).

“It’s a very important match and we have to take this one step at a time to reach our ultimate objective,” Ocampos told Radio Sevilla.

“There are many strong teams in the competition, such as Roma, Inter and Manchester United, so I wouldn’t say we are the favourites to win the trophy.

“We had five days of rest after the end of La Liga, while Roma kept up the match fitness until their last game with Juventus. We’re in good shape too, so it’ll be complicated for both teams to win this.”

Sevilla were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, with news last week that midfielder Nemanja Gudelj had tested positive.

“It didn’t influence our training schedule very much,” insists Ocampos.

“It was unexpected, but was all sorted out. There were just a couple of days of uncertainty, but once we got back to training, we did it in the best possible way.”

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Roma thank Smalling and Zappacosta

Roma CEO Guido Fienga has thanked Chris Smalling and Davide Zappacosta on behalf of the Giallorossi for their ‘commitment to the club’s project’.

Smalling and Zappacosta arrived on loan from Manchester United and Chelsea respectively last summer.

The English centre-back Smalling established himself in the starting line-up under Paulo Fonseca, but most of Zappacosta’s season in Rome was ruined by a cruciate ligament injury.

The club’s CEO Fienga has left a message on the club’s official website to thank the two players on behalf of the club.

“We would like to thank Chris and Davide for the professionalism shown this season,” Fienga said.

“Both showed their dedication and commitment to the club’s project. They shared with us every moment, both the positive ones and the difficult ones, and immediately showed great attachment to the Giallorossi colours.

“If the conditions are right, we would be honoured to be able to count on them again.”

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Gravina doesn’t think stadiums open on September 19

President Gabriele Gravina said the FIGC is ‘concerned’ ahead of Serie A 2020-21 and doesn’t think fans will be back in stadiums on September 19.

Serie A confirmed the dates for the upcoming season on Monday, starting on September 19 and ending on May 23, 2021.

Today, the Federal Council was held, and Gravina, who participated, told the reporters after the meeting: “We have worked a lot in recent days on the basic protocol.

“We are very concerned but at the same time committed to proposing solutions to our governing bodies, directly or indirectly through the Technical and Scientific Committee.

“We are sure that we will reopen stadiums if the health situation allows it, but it seems a bit optimistic to think about the first day.”

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Football Italia is hiring

Football Italia, the leading English-language website on Italian football coverage, is hiring a new Editor.

As we gear up for the launch of the new Football Italia website, this is a one-of-a-kind, career-defining opportunity for the right candidate to not only helm an industry-respected – and almost 30-year-old – football media brand, but to also have a significant say on its very exciting future.  

Across a working week that will shift from rota-set news writing to general editorial duties and establishing and maintaining high-level contacts within the game, this is a dynamic and sometimes demanding role that will both challenge and motivate the right personality.

With previous experience within the journalism industry, you will be ready to handle day-to-day management of a busy, news-based media outlet, whilst also appropriately managing future editorial content for weeks and months ahead.

Bringing a strong work ethic and high editorial standards to what will be a high-profile role, the right candidate will be ambitious, adaptive and creative, in recognising the huge potential that Football Italia, its audience and its brand represents.

You will not only be translating from written Italian, but also communicating in spoken and written Italian, so a fluent understanding of the language is paramount, as is a high level of written English.

The role is full time, with an approximate start date in October. It is remote based but with media opportunities that may involve travel in the UK and Italy, and regular in-person meetings with the rest of the management team. Salary is competitive and available upon application, with performance-related bonuses included. The role is contracted and includes a pension plan and annual paid holiday.

Requirements for the role include:

– Previous experience within the journalism industry, including writing to a high level in the English language

– Fluency in Italian – you will be translating from Italian as well as communicating in spoken and written Italian

– Previous team or project management experience

– Strong work ethic

– High editorial standards

– Ambition, flexibility and creativity

To apply, please send to [email protected] (recruitment[at]tiromedia[dot]co[dot]uk) the following:

– A complete and up-to-date CV

– A cover note telling us about yourself and why you are right for this role

– Recent examples of your work in English

Please note that due to the number of applications that we typically receive, those that do not provide all three of the above will not be taken further. This is a unique role that brings with it a unique, three-stage application process – including a brief Italian-language interview, English-language interview and quick news trial – that we appreciate your patience during.

This role is best suited to someone based in the UK, Italy or within an hour of the UK time zone.

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