Here is a brief FM20 team guide of the Sevilla squad, their club structure, relationship any potential managers will have with the board, expectations and possible tactics any FM manager can use.
About the club
Sevilla are a professional football club that ply their trade in the La Liga. They are the oldest sporting club in Spain that is devoted to football formed in 1890. They are the most successful club in Andalusia with 1 league title, 5 Spanish Cups, 5 UEFA Cups/Europa League titles (Record for most titles) and a UEFA Super cup.
Sevilla are a relatively consistent club in the La Liga, they constantly fight for a top 4 spot. They are also a feared team in UEFA competitions, their record 5 Europa League titles is testament to that.
Sevilla are in the Europa League this season, so the minimum requirements from the board would be;
- A top 4 league finish (automatic qualification to the champions league)
- Making the final of the Europa League
- An SF < finish in the Spanish Cup
There will not be any specific football philosophies required by the manager. The transfer war chest is nearly empty as Sevilla have already spent over £130m in the transfer market with a remarkable 14 new arrivals.
The wage budget is also spread around the new signings. Sevilla are blessed with excellent training facilities and a very good youth set up. The club regularly provides International players to Spain and most of the other foreign players are also capped Internationals.
Squad, Formation and Tactical Style
Sevilla usually employ a controlled possession type of football, where the aim is to dominate possession and patiently wait for chances. However, against superior attacks, they are also known to go with a fluid counter-attacking style of football with the emphasis on crosses from wide areas.
A 4-3-3 is how Sevilla line-up in real life and is probably the best-suited formation to the available squad of players. This also helps them to keep the midfield tight and allow the fullbacks to overlap and create chances.
The formation will also work when playing on the counter-attacks where the central midfielders will become more defensive and compact.
A rough example of what your line-up would look like in a 4-3-3 formation is as follows;
- Tomas Vaclik as a regular keeper
- Jules Kounde & Diego Carlos as the 2 central defenders.
- Jesus Navas and Sergio Regulion as the 2 attacking full-backs/wing-backs. They need to have increased crossing instructions.
- Fernando as the holding midfielder, Ever Banega as an attacking playmaker and Joan Jordan as a Mezzala make up the 3 man midfield.
- Rony Lopes & Nolito on the wings as attacking midfielders.
- Luuk De Jong as a lone striker in an Advanced Forward role.
Even though you need not tinker with the formation much, you can always swap around the personnel with talented players such as Oliver Torres, Javier Hernandez & Lucas Ocampos who will be in the squad.
1. Ever Banega
Banega is an experienced Central Midfielder who can play a variety of roles in the midfield. The player’s vision and creativity are essential in creating openings for Sevilla to score from.
2. Jesus Navas
Navas is the captain of the club is a tenacious full-back. He has very good crossing stats and a high work rate.
3. Rony Lopes
Lopes represents very good quality from the wings. The young winger has high dribbling, pace and crossing attributes making him a nightmare to defend.
- The defence is a concerning area for Sevilla. The quality of the backup Central defenders is definitely not up to standard and could see a lot of goals conceded if any injuries occur.
- Even though Sevilla have an overall good squad, their competitors have a superior set of players and the target of a top 4 finish could be a hard battle to win.
- You will be helpless if bigger clubs want to poach away your talent and could leave you with gaping holes in the squad.
Potential Transfers (in)
Sevilla’s defence needs serious bolstering. There could also be an additional attacking threat that the club could do with. Some of the names that could help are;
- Inigo Martinez
- Kenneth Omeruo
Potential Transfers (Out)
These players may be surplus to requirements at the club or may not be of the expected quality.
- Sergi Escudero
- Javier Hernandez
There are a few exciting young prospects in the ranks or on loan who have the potential to be some of the best players in the league. A few examples are;
- Joris Gnagnon (CB)
- Bryan Gil (AML)
- Lucas Ocampos (AMR, AML, AMC)
FM20 Team Guide & Tactic - Sevilla
To Summarize, Sevilla are a solid club for most FM20 managers. However, do they have the quality to compete with the Spanish giants for a top 4 spot is a tough question to answer? Will you be able to pull this one off as a manager?