(Football news) Europa League final at the Puskas Arena sees six-time winners Sevilla take on Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma as the Portuguese manager remains unbeaten in five continental finals.While Sevilla have never lost a Europa League final ever as something has to give on Wednesday night. Their semi-final victory over Juventus saw them reach the final of the Europa League for a seventh time which subsequently two more than any other club. Los Rojiblancos first won this competition in 2006, when current club captain Jesus Navas lifted the trophy at the tender age of 20 as he has the chance to lift the trophy again at age 37.
They Eliminated both Manchester United and Juve to reach the final as the Andalucian club like AS Roma have endured a very difficult domestic season but Jose Luis Mendilibar came and has done a brilliant job with the team as he saw them off the threat of relegation from La Liga, and has changed their fortunes completely. Sevilla have only lost just twice during Mendilibar’s spell as Victory in Budapest would mean they will become only five clubs that have won more major European trophies The previous meeting between Sevilla and Roma saw the Spanish side progress to the Europa League last 16 in 2020.
Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Bounou; Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Telles; Fernando, Rakitic; Ocampos, Torres, Gil; En-Nesyri
If Roma win on wednesday night then Mourinho will become one of the most decorated managers in European history moving clear of the great Italian maestro Giovanni Trapattoni. He would have the chance to be the first coach to win the Europa League with three different clubs, as he has already won it with Porto (2003) and Manchester United (2017). Wednesday’s will be Roma’s fifth European final in their club history as they had to knock out Red Bull Salzburg, Real Sociedad, Feyenoord (again) and Bayer Leverkusen in the semi finals.
AS Roma have had a disappointing Serie A as they are currently in sixth place in the standings. But they have a chance to finish in 5th if they beat fellow European finalists Fiorentina next weekend. The Giallorossi current form is not great as they have suffered three losses and four draws domestically. The Europa League winners get direct entry into the 2023-24 Champions League group stage, and that Mourinho appears to be his best bet to qualify for the Champions League as many reports suggest that he will leave Roma after this season to maybe take a break from management.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Celik, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Abraham