Well-known faces: Sevilla FC with four former Bundesliga stars

Champions League

Wolfsburg (AP) – Sevilla FC once committed the aging Diego Maradona and later discovered the young Sergio Ramos.

When it comes to transfers, VfL Wolfsburg’s Champions League opponents and their successful manager Monchi have always been more resourceful and above all more profitable than other clubs. When the six-time Europa League winner competes in the Volkswagen Arena on Wednesday evening (9 p.m. / DAZN), he will also have four former Bundesliga professionals in the squad.

Ivan Rakitic:

The Croatian vice world champion is a legend in the city. He came from FC Schalke 04 in 2011, married a woman from Seville, manager Monchi is the godfather of his daughter. A year ago he returned from FC Barcelona, ​​with which Rakitic won the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the Spanish championship four times. At 33, he is not in his best form and no longer in every game – but he wants to stay in Seville forever after his career.

Ludwig Augustinsson:

His move to a Champions League participant was like a relief for the Swedish international after being relegated to the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen. “I have been working on a change with my advisor for about a year because I had the goal of making it to a top European team,” said the 27-year-old of “Bild”. Augustinsson also accepts the fact that he has not yet played in Seville and is only the backup for the Argentine Marcos Acuna on the left side of defense.

Thomas Delaney:

At Borussia Dortmund he was only a substitute. As the EM hero of the Danish national team, however, he became interesting for clubs from England and Spain in the summer. For a move to Seville, the 30-year-old even sacrificed his dream of the Premier League – and unlike his former Bremen team-mate Augustinsson, it has so far paid off for him in terms of sport. Delaney has been used in five of six possible competitive games since his move. However, he was recently thrown off the pitch against Espanyol Barcelona.

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Karim Rekik:

On the last day of the changeover period in October 2020, the Spaniards brought the Dutchman from Hertha BSC. The 26-year-old was no longer a regular in Berlin. In Seville he now has it even more difficult as the third central defender behind France’s greatest defensive talent Jules Koundé and Brazil’s Olympic champion Diego Carlos. In the summer there were even rumors about his return to Berlin.

The probable lineups:

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix, Bornauw, Roussillon – Guilavogui, Arnold – Baku, Waldschmidt, L. Nmecha – Weghorst

FC Sevilla: Bono – Jesus Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuna – Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic – Lamela, Rafa Mir, Ocampos

referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)

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