Sevilla-Roma, the most Argentinian Europa League final: five hopefuls for the title and an important absentee

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How will it happen next week in the Champions League It is in the Conference LeagueTHE european championship I will dedicate this Wednesday to at least an Argentinian champion. the end that Seville AND Rome will play at the Puskás Arena in Budapest and will be attended by five compatriots, including three world champions in Qatar. And he will also have an important absentee.

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Five Argentines make up the squad of the Spanish team: Lucas Ocampos, Erik Lamela, Gonzalo Montiel, Alejandro Gomez AND Marco Acuna. But the left side of the Argentina national team, a fixture in José Luis Mendilibar’s structure, will miss this match because Was sent off in the semi-final rematch against Juventus at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán and must meet a suspension date. His place will be taken by the Brazilian Alex Telles.

Gonzalo Montiel, Papu Gómez, Erik Lamela and Lucas Ocampos celebrate qualification for the Europa League final with some colleagues.  Photo: REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

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Gonzalo Montiel, Papu Gómez, Erik Lamela and Lucas Ocampos celebrate qualification for the Europa League final with some colleagues. Photo: REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

Who has the guaranteed place in the starting lineup of the Sevillians is Ocampos. After a frustrating loan spell at Dutch Ajax, with whom he played just 114 minutes in 6 games between September and January, the former River player will have a chance to end the season with a title.

Upon his return, he didn’t have many chances under the command of George Sampaoli. But when the team was left in the hands of Mendilibar, in March, he regained his space, his leadership and the level he had shown in the 2019/20 season, in which he played 44 games, scored 17 goals, gave 5 assists and won the Europa League with Sevilla.

“Football changes very quickly. Three months ago I was training alone in a youth locker room in the Netherlands. There were days when I couldn’t train because neither the physiotherapists nor the physical trainers showed up. And now I will play another Europa League final with Sevilla, the club I love, where I feel at home. It’s going too fast.”reflects the 28-year-old winger in an interview published on the Spanish site Relevo.

In principle, Ocampos will be the only Argentine who will start the duel wearing the red and white shirt, even if it is possible that Mendilibar will surprise with Erik Lamela at left wing to replace Bryan Gil, who filled that position. The former Tottenham and Roma player (he played 67 games and scored 21 goals between 2011 and 2013) is having his best period of the season and also he scored the goal against Juventus that gave his team the pass to the final.

Instead, they will have to wait for their place on the bench. Gonzalo Montiel AND Alejandro Gomez, champion in Qatar with the Argentine national team. The right-back struggles to find a foothold in a team that has that role filled by the captain Jesus Navas. And the Papua could not make up the ground lost after the injury in left ankle which he suffered during the World Cup and which forced him to undergo surgery.

Photo: Filippo MONTEFORTE/AFP.

Photo: Filippo MONTEFORTE/AFP.

On the opposite sidewalk, the presence of Paulo Dybala is still covered in a cloak of doubts. The Cordoban is still struggling with the left ankle injury sustained on 24 April due to a very hard tackle by the Argentine too Jose Luis Palomino during the match with which Roma lost 3 to 1 Atalanta in Bergamo for the 31st round of Serie A.

Since then, alone played 33 minutes: 19 against Inter Milan in the Italian league on 6 May and 14 against Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final five days later. But then the annoyance got worse and because of this the selected player missed the last four games for his team.

In any case, the former Instituto player worked together with his teammates this Tuesday in the sports city of Trigoria during the last training session before the away match in Budapest. Already in the Hungarian capital Mourinho was consulted on the presence of the Argentine. “Twenty or thirty minutes”he replied laconically. If he finally starts the duel on the bench, the owner will take his place Stephan El Shaarawi.

Starter or substitute, Dybala will be looking for Wednesday, in his first season at Roma, his first international consecration in club tournaments. although with Juventus He has won 12 national championships (five in Serie A, four in the Italian Cup and three in the Italian Super Cup), he has never won one abroad. It would be the finishing touch to a season in which he has already celebrated winning the World Cup in Qatar.

Source: Clarin

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