There will be no all-Spanish final come May 14, 2014. However, Sevilla coach Unai Emery is content with Friday's results of the draw. Here is why:
“We think it is going to be a really attractive tie and one that will take a Spanish team through to the final, which is good for the national game.”
Likewise, Valencia defender Ricardo Costa was happy with the outcome of the Europa League semis draw. He said:
“I wanted us to face Sevilla because we can beat them and get to the final, where I would like to meet Benfica.”
Preview: Sevilla have a one goal deficit to overturn
Sevilla will welcome Porto to Andalusia on Thursday night for yet another fascinating Europa League match. The Sevillistas gave their fans hope, after defeating Betis in the previous round in a penalty shootout. They will now be up against the current Portuguese champions, who have plenty of experience.
The Portuguese side was matched up with Napoli in the previous round; with a lot of football fans expecting the Italian’s to go through.
Preview: Porto try to bounce back after a defeat to Nacional
In comparison to what has been normal for Porto over the last 10 or 20 years, their current campaign has been mediocre at best. They find themselves eight points off second placed Sporting CP, with rivals SL Benfica top of the league, 15 points clear.
The Dragons defeated the league leaders mid-week in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal quarterfinals, but they will now have to get past Sevilla.
Having been defeated in their last domestic match away to Nacional 2-1, interim manager Luis Castro is calling on his players to have their sights set on goal.
Preview: Real Madrid’s spirit to be tested
Having failed to win any of their clashes against their closes rivals, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Los Blancos find themselves in an extremely insecure situation. At the end of Matchday 29, they conceded the top spot to the Rojiblancos on a head-to-head basis, with both teams counting 70 points. The Catalans, meanwhile, are only one point behind.
The three-horse race remains tight for Real Madrid. With nine matches to go and only, they must overcome pressure to remain ahead of Barca and hope that Diego Simeone’s men drop a few points. Managing anxiety for Carlo Ancelotti and his men would begin with bouncing back from last Sunday’s controversial home defeat in El Clasico.
Preview: Chance to go top again should be extra incentive for Barcelona
Barcelona will head into Sunday’s match away to Sevilla knowing that a victory could put them back in the lead. Although Real Madrid defeated Villareal on Saturday at the Bernabeu, front-runners Atletico Madrid were unable to grab points away to Almeria.
Tata Martino’s men will now try to grab three points from a Sevilla side that has only won five matches at home, from a total of 10.
Sunday’s match will be the first time in over a year that Barcelona take the pitch in league play, out of first place. With that said, Martino will have to make some adjustments to his squad.
Preview: Cristiano Ronaldo and annoyed Real Madrid under the spotlight
Since defeating Juventus in the UEFA Champions League last week, Real Madrid have made more impact in the media than on the pitch. Questionable tactics by Carlo Ancelotti saw Gerardo Martino’s Barcelona claim a 2-1 win at the Camp Nou on Matchday 10 of the league.
The game produced a number of controversial moments against both teams and post-match discussions had Madrid complaining. During the game, Portuguese attacker Cristiano Ronaldo was flashed a yellow card for bitterly criticizing the referee. This week, a video of Sepp Blatter making a joke about Ronaldo went viral. The club eventually demanded an apology from the FIFA President.
Preview: Squad rotation should not stop Barca from tormenting Sevilla
We are all aware of Tata Martino's preference to rotate the squad, and on Saturday, fans can expect a rotation, even if it is just a few players. The current edition of the Champions League will kick off this coming week, and Barcelona's manager will want to make sure his squad is fresh and ready to go.
The Blaugrana will welcome Sevilla to the Nou Camp, but the visitors will arrive with a number of question marks and injury problems.
Match Preview: A tribute to Rio Ferdinand's 10 years at Old Trafford
For more than a decade Rio Ferdinand has been one of the most faithful servants for Manchester United and after helping the club to six league titles, one Champions League triumph and one FIFA club World Cup winners medal. Ferdinand, who recently signed a one-year contract extension, says that he might be overwhelmed by emotion during the game.
"This is going to be a big night for me as well as an emotional one," he said. "I cannot believe where those ten years have gone and I am lucky to have spent them here at Manchester United.
Miami Beach, Florida (February 23, 2013) – beIN Sport USA and beIN Sport en Español’s weekend line-up looks like a soccer festival with a number of high-profiled matches set to air live for the American audience. LiveSoccerTV.com shares with you the channels’ TV guide for February 23 and February 24, 2013.
beIN Sport will treat you with the best football from the Spanish Primera Division. Barcelona are expected to bounce back in style and make Sevilla their victims at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana, wounded by their midweek defeat to Milan in Europe, will also use Saturday’s clash as a warm-up for El Clasico in the Copa del Rey set for February 26.
Barcelona's defeat against AC Milan has sent mass amounts of shockwaves throughout the footballing world. How could the all mighty Barcelona lose to an AC Milan side who has not been all that consistent this year, and, they were without cup tied Mario Balotelli, as well as Robinho?
Regardless of how you break it down, it happened, but now the Blaugrana will need to bounce back on Saturday against Sevilla who has been impressive as of late.
Los Blancos of Real Madrid have three targets ahead of their Spanish La Liga fixture against Sevilla. They want to build momentum, avoid injuries and possibly get three points. The fact is that the league champions – more than 15 points off the top spot – have switched their focus on UEFA Champions League glory.
Next week, they will host Manchester United on home soil so Saturday’s match against Sevilla appears as a perfect warm-up for the Spanish giants. Jose Mourinho needs to seduce Real Madrid’s home supporters as their influence will be vital against the Red Devils come next Wednesday.
Miami Beach, Florida - 29 January 2013 -- The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals features Real Madrid vs Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Spain’s capital. El Clasico, the first of 2013, kicks-off on Wednesday, January 30th at 3:00PM EST (9:00PM local time). The second semi-final features Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla to be played on January 31st at 4:00PM EST (10:00PM local time).
beIN SPORT will provide audiences with pre-match as well as post-match analysis on its in-house program, ‘The Express’. The return fixtures, scheduled to take place on February 26th and 27th (times TBA), will also air exclusively on beIN SPORT.
Notice: If you want to know where to watch the second leg of El Clasico at the Camp Nou, go to Live Soccer TV's Barcelona vs Real Madrid 26 February 2013 page.
At 12:00pm EST, Palermo vs Cagliari opens the channel’s weekend coverage of Italian Serie A football. Other Serie A matches to come your way live on beIN Sport 1 are Roma vs Bologna and Torino vs Internazionale on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Spanish La Liga coverage begins on beIN Sport 1 with Getafe vs Barcelona live at 14:00 EST this Saturday. The Catalans will be looking to increase the pressure on champions Real Madrid in this away fixture.
Former Real Madrid boy Jose Antonio Reyes will not play. The Spaniard is on the sideline with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Diego Perotti is in line to return to Sevilla’s starting line-up. Another piece of good news for Sevilla is that goalkeeper Diego Lopez is free to start in post after serving suspension.
Jose Mourinho has no injury concern to deal with. However, the Portuguese coach will have to build his defense without countryman Fabio Coentrao. The latter received a ban for allegedly insulting the referee during Real Madrid's defeat to Getafe.
Fans will be hoping for a great game despite the fact that both teams have to deal with a growing list of unfit players. Bruno, Barragan and Jordi Alba are all doubtful for Valencia. Sergio Canales, Miguel, Paco Alcacer, Maduro and Ever Banega are definitely out.
Meanwhile, Sevilla will be without Diego Perotti but the coach will be hoping to have Frederic Kanoute, Luna and Reyes fit in time for the encounter. Should Kanoute and Reyes miss the trip, new manager Michel may opt for a defensive approach against Valencia.