Over the weekend, Spain's big three won 4-0, 7-1, and 6-1 - it's no wonder Sevilla can fly under the global radar. They managed a 3-2 win of their own, keeping them in third in La Liga, just one point off the top (and one ahead of Barca). Samir Nasri was on the scoresheet and appears to have settled in well after wasting away on the bench at Man City and falling out with much of the French national team setup. Sevilla sit level on points with Juve in Group H, having drawn with the Italian giants and beaten Lyon. Dinamo have yet to score a goal in the competition and are playing for pride at this point. There is a hint of a turnaround as they haven't lost since manager Zlatko Kranjcar (father of ex-Spurs player, Nico Kranjcar) resigned in September. And yet, they've only scored three goals in that period. Expect Sevilla to leave Zagreb with all three points.
Dinamo are back in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13 after winning their play-off against Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. They’re the only Croatian side to ever win a European trophy (the 1967 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), but have never made it out of the Champions League group stage. With Juve, Sevilla, and Lyon awaiting, it would be an early surprise if they were to manage that feat this year. They’ll look to Bosnia and Herzegovina youngster Armin Hodžić and Chilean forward Junior Fernandes to pull off an upset.
For Sevilla, the Champions League has been merely a warm-up for the Europa League trophy they’ve come to own for three years straight (as well as in both 2006 and 2007). Their five Europa League trophies in 11 years have given them more silverware in Europe than Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal. Things aren’t as optimistic as you’d expect, however, after director of football Monchi, the most influential figure in the club’s recent success, was denied a request to quit after suffering from considerable burnout. In addition, they lost their highest scoring player last year, Kevin Gameiro (among four other high profile losses) but Monchi has brought in plenty of reinforcements, including Ben Yedder, who scored 17 in 35 for Toulouse last season. They’ll also begin the season with former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli taking the helm. With Juve the only big contender in their group, a trip to the Round of 16 is within reach.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored 18 goals at just 21 years old last season.
Averages a goal every other game for Zagreb and is Algeria’s sixth highest goalscorer in history