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Sevilla are a Europa League force to be reckoned with as they prepare to face Wolves

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Every time Sevilla reach a Europa League quarter-final they go on to lift the trophy. 

That’s some record for the five-time winners. As well as knockout pedigree they have impressed in LaLiga this season too winning the best of the rest tournament behind Madrid, Barca and Atletico. 

Managed by a man who almost coached Wolves in 2016, Sevilla are not to be underestimated. Sportsmail looks at them man for man.

Sergio Reguilon celebrates scoring in Sevilla's 2-0 win over Roma in the Europa League last-16

Sergio Reguilon celebrates scoring in Sevilla's 2-0 win over Roma in the Europa League last-16

Sergio Reguilon celebrates scoring in Sevilla’s 2-0 win over Roma in the Europa League last-16

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will have to find a way of beating a team with an outstanding record in this competition in order to reach the semi-finals

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will have to find a way of beating a team with an outstanding record in this competition in order to reach the semi-finals

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will have to find a way of beating a team with an outstanding record in this competition in order to reach the semi-finals

Keeper

Bono (Yassine Bounou) stepped in for the last four games of the season when number one Tomas Vaclik picked up an injury. 

Vaclik is fit but Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper himself, has stuck with big Bono who is on loan from Girona.

Right Back

Sevilla’s Peter Pan, Jesus Navas, will be 35 in November. Is he slowing up? No, he was near ever-present this season and would have been most people’s pick as LaLiga’s best right back both before and after lockdown.

Jesus Navas shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 35, as Roma's Edin Dzeko found out

Jesus Navas shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 35, as Roma's Edin Dzeko found out

Jesus Navas shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 35, as Roma’s Edin Dzeko found out

Left Back

Sergio Reguilon did well enough at Real Madrid last season to become their first choice left back but when Zidane doesn’t like you there is nothing you can do. 

Real Madrid bought Ferland Mendy and 23-year-old Reguilon was loaned out to Sevilla. He’s been very good. He likes to make his attacking runs inside as opposed to on the overlap and has scored in both of his last two games. 

Now looked after by Jorge Mendes, Sevilla will do well to keep him this summer when his loan ends. There is Premier League interest too.

Reguilon wasn't wanted by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid but has flourished at Sevilla

Reguilon wasn't wanted by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid but has flourished at Sevilla

Reguilon wasn’t wanted by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid but has flourished at Sevilla

Centre backs

It’s no exaggeration to say that, along with Ramos and Varane, Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde have been the best central defensive partnership in LaLiga this season. 

Monchi signed Diego Carlos from Nantes for €15million (£13.5m) and Kounde from Bordeaux for €25m (£22.5m). The Brazilian is a stopper of barn-door dimensions but has mobility to go with his bulk. 

And at 21 Kounde looks to have everything, including some attacking flair. His value has doubled, Diego Carlos’ may have tripled. How does Monchi do it?

Jules Kounde (left) has enjoyed a fine season since arriving from Bordeaux last summer

Jules Kounde (left) has enjoyed a fine season since arriving from Bordeaux last summer

Jules Kounde (left) has enjoyed a fine season since arriving from Bordeaux last summer

Former Manchester City midfielder Fernando puts in a tackle during the match against Roma

Former Manchester City midfielder Fernando puts in a tackle during the match against Roma

Former Manchester City midfielder Fernando puts in a tackle during the match against Roma

Holding midfielder

Fernando was another Sevilla transfer market masterstroke. The former City player does a job in front of the back two allowing the other two midfielders to play.

Those other two midfielders…

Ever Banega is off to Saudi Arabia side Al-Shabab once the marathon season is over. He seems determined to go out in style. 

He was brilliant against Roma and gives Sevilla a range of passing they just don’t have when he’s not there. Joan Jordan completes the midfield three. 

Signed from Eibar last summer he’s been good enough to get people talking about his credentials for the Spain team.

Ever Banega was one of Sevilla's outstanding performers against Roma as he prepares to exit

Ever Banega was one of Sevilla's outstanding performers against Roma as he prepares to exit

Ever Banega was one of Sevilla’s outstanding performers against Roma as he prepares to exit

Centre forward

This is an either/or. Youssef En-Nesyri played and scored against Roma having been second choice for most of the post-lockdown season. 

Luuk de Jong has been first choice despite only scoring 6 goals in 24 starts in LaLiga. The Moroccan international offers pace to run in behind teams and has a good goal record. 

De Jong, briefly at Newcastle, will hold the ball up, play with his back to goal and cause problems for Wolves in the air.

Luuk de Jong receives instructions from coach Lopetegui during the win over Roma

Luuk de Jong receives instructions from coach Lopetegui during the win over Roma

Luuk de Jong receives instructions from coach Lopetegui during the win over Roma

Right wing

This could be another either/or. Suso who arrived on loan from Milan in January is expected to start despite former Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi playing very well during the run-in.

Left wing

We’ve maybe left the best until last. Lucas Ocampos is the star of this team. 

A goalscoring winger signed from Marseille last summer he has top-scored for the team in LaLiga with 14 goals and he tends to generate enough energy to power a small town. 

He even took the gloves and went in goal the day Vaclik got injured and made a save from the last corner of the match that made sure Sevilla won the game. 

Whatever passes as Roy of the Rovers or Hot-shot Hamish down in southern Spain: he’s that.

Lucas Ocampos is the star of the Sevilla team and the player Wolves really have to watch

Lucas Ocampos is the star of the Sevilla team and the player Wolves really have to watch

Lucas Ocampos is the star of the Sevilla team and the player Wolves really have to watch

The coach

Julen Lopetegui is a Jorge Mendes client and was close to being manoeuvred into the Wolves job back in 2016 but something came up that stopped him taking it. 

What was that something? The Spain job no less. And he did well in getting Spain to Russia 2018 only for the small matter of accepting the Real Madrid job on the eve of the tournament ruining everything and leading to him being sacked against the players’ wishes. 

Madrid welcomed him with open arms, then fired him before the end of October but he has more than rebuilt his reputation at Sevilla. 

He’s intense on the touchline, usually brave with his changes and he has produced a side that nicely mix an ability on the ball with the capacity to play without it, defend well, and then hurt teams on the break.

Lopetegui speaks ahead of Tuesday night's meeting with Wolves as Sevilla aim to win the Europa League once again

Lopetegui speaks ahead of Tuesday night's meeting with Wolves as Sevilla aim to win the Europa League once again

Lopetegui speaks ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting with Wolves as Sevilla aim to win the Europa League once again

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12.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘£45.5m new offer’, Partey on bench in Atletico victory, Jorginho LATEST

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ARSENAL’s are ready to  up their bid for Houssem Aouar after being publicly knocked back by Lyon’s president.

Meanwhile Thomas Partey is reportedly keen on joining the Gunners from Atletico Madrid, where he has had no progress in new contract talks and was benched in their emphatic win over Granada.

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WWE star Angel Garza suffers serious injury at Clash of Champions leading to bizarre ending and Street Profits fuming

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WWE viewers were left baffled after what appeared to be another botched finish at Clash of Champions.

The Street Profits defended their Raw Tag Team titles against Angel Garza and Andrade at last night’s pay-per-view.

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Angel Garza suffered a leg injury at last night’s Clash of Champions
The star was forced out of action during a tag match against The Street profits

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The star was forced out of action during a tag match against The Street profits

The Mexican challengers were putting on quite the show until Garza went for a Spanish Fly from the top rope with Montez Ford but appeared to land awkwardly on his head.

Still groggy from the blow, Garza soon tried to hit a rising knee on Ford but collapsed.

Moments later the referee threw up the infamous “X” symbol towards the back – a sign to those backstage a WWE performer has suffered a serious injury.

A limping Garza managed to tag Andrade into the match and was soon battling it out with Angelo Dawkins.

But the action was soon over when Dawkins went for a cover, which Andrade kicked out at two, only for the ref to continue to hit the three and end the match.

Seemingly unaware of Garza’s condition, Dawkins looked furious with the official over his decision on the early finish.

It is the second time inside a month that we have seen a referee call an early end to a match due to injury fears.

Raw viewers were left wondering what was going several weeks back when Mickie James’ challenge for the Women’s Title was suddenly stopped against Asuka after the man in the stripes believed the veteran was hurt.

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And that occurred shortly after Viking Raiders star Ivar hurt his neck and needed medical treatment on Raw during a tag match.

PW Insider’s Mike Johnson has reported that Garza suffered a leg injury and needed treatment backstage.

As yet, there is no official word on the damage he suffered.

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Andy Carroll posts cheeky Instagram picture sympathising with Tottenham

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Andy Carroll has taken to Instagram to sympathise with Tottenham after he won a last-minute penalty that saw Newcastle United walk away with an unlikely point on Sunday. 

The former England striker criticised the handball rule by posting a picture of stick man performing a ‘pencil jump’ on social media, claiming it was the ‘new rule for any aerial challenges’.

The jibe came after Carroll was awarded a penalty for a late header that struck the arm of Eric Dier, who was facing the other way, inside the penalty box at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the weekend.  

Andy Carroll has taken to Instagram to sympathise with Tottenham over penalty decision

Andy Carroll has taken to Instagram to sympathise with Tottenham over penalty decision

 Andy Carroll has taken to Instagram to sympathise with Tottenham over penalty decision

Carroll has says the controversial decision forces players to perform 'pencil jumps' in the air

Carroll has says the controversial decision forces players to perform 'pencil jumps' in the air

Carroll has says the controversial decision forces players to perform ‘pencil jumps’ in the air

VAR was called into action on the night and referee Peter Bankes was advised to review the incident on the pitchside monitor. 

After watching the replay several times, Bankes pointed to the spot and awarded Newcastle a controversial penalty that saw the game end 1-1. 

Football fans were quick to react to the decision, with the likes of Jamie Carragher blasting the decision to award Newcastle a last-minute penalty – calling it an ‘absolute disgrace’. 

Tottenham were looking to see out a 1-0 win before Carroll's header hit off Eric Dier's arm

Tottenham were looking to see out a 1-0 win before Carroll's header hit off Eric Dier's arm

Tottenham were looking to see out a 1-0 win before Carroll’s header hit off Eric Dier’s arm 

Gary Lineker took to Twitter to criticise the decision, saying: ‘Ludicrous. Utterly ludicrous law exacerbated by VAR. Can we have our game back please?’ 

While Spurs boss Jose Mourinho marched down the tunnel as soon as Bankes pointed to the spot. 

Angered by the late decision, Mourinho told BBC Sport after the game: ‘I don’t want to speak about it.

‘The only feeling I am ready to share is that I don’t feel Tottenham is respected according to to what the club is. No respect.’   

Jamie Carragher blasted the decision to award a penalty, calling it an 'absolute disgrace'

Jamie Carragher blasted the decision to award a penalty, calling it an 'absolute disgrace'

 Jamie Carragher blasted the decision to award a penalty, calling it an ‘absolute disgrace’

Jose Mourinho was also angered by the decision, storming down  the tunnel before full time

Jose Mourinho was also angered by the decision, storming down  the tunnel before full time

Jose Mourinho was also angered by the decision, storming down  the tunnel before full time

Carroll, who is known for his dominance in the air, continued to sympathise with Spurs in his Instagram, adding: ‘I feel your pain!’ 

As it stands Carroll holds the record for the most duels won in a single game after winning a total of 24 headers against Everton in 2019. 

Should contests in the air be negatively impacted by the handball rule, Carroll with lose an important part of his game.  

The 2020-21 campaign has already seen a handful of controversial calls relating to penalties awarded for handball – with some of those including the decision to penalise both Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof and Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward this season.  

The 2020-21 campaign has already seen a handful of controversial calls relating to penalties

The 2020-21 campaign has already seen a handful of controversial calls relating to penalties

The 2020-21 campaign has already seen a handful of controversial calls relating to penalties 

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