Sevilla are aiming for top spot, Corchia warns Liverpool

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The Spaniards' formidable home record could be a telling factor as they aim to bounce back from a "freak" result

Sevilla defender Sebastien Corchia has sent a warning to Liverpool that his side very much believe that they can win Champions League Group E.

The Spanish side sit third in the standings with four points, one behind joint group leaders Liverpool and Spartak Moscow, both of whom remain undefeated.

Ahead of the second round of matches, the French right-back believes his side can rally to ensure they are in the competition after Christmas.

“Before the group started, I expected Liverpool and ourselves to be equal and both go through,” he told Goal. “After our point at Anfield, we had the upper hand, but now it’s changed a bit and at this moment they are the favourites to win the group.

“But we can still do it and finish first, especially as we have our home match against Liverpool to look forward to. It’ll be a very different game at home. But right now we’re only focusing on our next game, and we have to win that against Spartak.”

Sebastien Corchia Sevilla

Sevilla have already beaten Maribor 3-0 at home, with a Wissam Ben Yedder (pictured below) hat-trick giving them a routine victory. 

“It was a great night in our stadium with an incredible atmosphere,” Corchia reflected. “I felt very comfortable in the team and enjoyed the game. And it came after our 2-2 draw in the difficult away game at Anfield against Liverpool, so now we want to copy that win and get back into one of the two top spots, where we belong.”

The Spaniards are not in those positions as they were defeated 5-1 by Spartak Moscow a fortnight ago, a result that the 26-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on matchday, is determined to prove was a fluke.

“We want to show that the result in the first match in Moscow was a freak result,” he said. “They scored with all of their shots on the night, and we actually controlled the game for a long time and felt pretty comfortable within our own game plan, but in the end we lost. They are a good team, of course, but at home obviously we must win.”

Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla

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At the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla boast an enviable record and have not suffered a defeat for almost exactly a year. Juventus were the last side to beat them, in November 2016, and in their last five home outings they have won by an aggregate score of 11-1.

“Our stadium is our fortress,” Corchia said. “The club have not lost here in all of 2017, and even as a new player I feel that we are invincible. It’s not as an arrogant feeling, but we truly believe that we will win every game we enter in our own stadium.

“We have this great feeling when we play in front of our supporters at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and we work hard together with our supporters to achieve our victories and our ambitions. I knew before I signed that Sevilla fans are famous for great passion and support for the players, and they have been amazing."

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