Inter Milan will face Sevilla in the Europa League final on Friday at the RheinEnergie Stadium in Cologne at 8 pm, a match that will be broadcast live on the StarTimes World Football channel.
As the European season comes to an end, the second most prestigious football competition in Europe, the Europa League will take the center seat as Inter Milan battle Sevilla for the 2019/20 crown.
No club has won the competition more times than Sevilla (five times). What makes Sevilla’s success even more remarkable is the fact that Friday will mark the fifth time since 2014 that they have made it through to the final.
The La Liga club came from a goal down to qualify for the final with a 2-1 victory against Manchester United, while Inter Milan trounced Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in their semi-final, in a match in which the result though betrays the possession – most of which the Ukrainian club had throughout.
Playing against a team that boasted an attacking line-up of Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, and Anthony Martial, Sevilla knew that they needed to be at their best in defense to stay in the competition.
However, Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui is yet to win a trophy as a manager.
Meanwhile, Inter finished third in their Champions League group, behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, but have won all five Europa League matches, including a 5-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk in the semi-finals.
Conte took charge of the three-time Uefa Cup winners last summer and helped them finish second in Serie A (their best finish since 2011 – which was also the year they last won a trophy, the Coppa Italia).
The former Chelsea manager moved to the Italian club with five players from the Premier League, including 33-goal top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who has netted in a record 10 consecutive Europa League matches. Conte, like Lopetegui, is in his first season in charge.
Should Inter Milan win tonight, they become the second most successful side in Uefa Cup/Europa League history with a fourth title.
They are the first Italian side to reach the final since 1999 – when Parma beat Marseille 3-0 – and are bidding to end an eight-year run of only Spanish and English sides winning the competition.
Sevilla are on their longest unbeaten run, with 11 wins and nine draws in their 20 games since 9 February – including wins over Premier League sides Wolves and Manchester United in the previous two rounds.
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