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Boulahrouz in awe of Sevilla class

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2009, 10.00CET
Defender Khalid Boulahrouz insists VfB Stuttgart will be underdogs against Group G leaders Sevilla FC, having seen the quality at Manuel Jiménez's disposal during his one year at the Spanish club.
by Steffen Potter
from Stuttgart
Boulahrouz in awe of Sevilla class
Stuttgart's Khalid Boulahrouz did not taste much action during his time at Sevilla ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

StuttgartSevilla

Goals scored10
 
13
Attempts on target47
 
47
Attempts off target52
 
42
Corners36
 
41
Offsides15
 
20
Fouls committed125
 
97
Yellow cards14
 
9
Red cards0
 
0
 
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2009, 10.00CET

Boulahrouz in awe of Sevilla class

Defender Khalid Boulahrouz insists VfB Stuttgart will be underdogs against Group G leaders Sevilla FC, having seen the quality at Manuel Jiménez's disposal during his one year at the Spanish club.

Khalid Boulahrouz echoed the thoughts of his coach Markus Babbel in identifying VfB Stuttgart as underdogs against Group G leaders Sevilla FC, with his one season at the Spanish club giving him an insight into the quality at Manuel Jiménez's disposal.

Brief spell
The 27-year-old was rarely able to force his way into the Sevilla first team during the 2007/08 campaign, making just six league starts after joining on loan from Chelsea FC as he attempted to force his way into the Netherlands' UEFA EURO 2008™ squad. "That is the past," he said, preferring to concentrate on the current Sevilla selection. "They are clearly the favourites tomorrow. They have a much better depth to their squad and more quality players than VfB have.

'Quality players'
"I played for Sevilla back then and can only say that this is a very strong team, which has lots of quality players who can use their individual skills to decide a match," added Boulahrouz, who joined Stuttgart following his spell at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán and made 21 league appearances last term. "They are always technically very gifted, play attacking football and score at least once or twice in every match."

Schalke setback
The Swabian side appear to be relishing the spotlight being cast on their opponents, bestowing plenty of praise on a Sevilla side who became the first club to dish out a league defeat to Real Madrid CF this season. By contrast, the team from the VfB Arena will have to improve on recent showings ahead of Tuesday's encounter, their patchy form highlighted by a 2-1 home defeat by FC Schalke 04 at the weekend that left them 13th in the table.

Improving side
Boulahrouz, who has only featured twice this season following injury, insists that their performance in Saturday's Bundesliga reverse contained signs of recovery and there is a quiet confidence that they will rise to the occasion against a team who sit third in the Spanish Liga. "It is a challenge for us to play this team," added the defender. "It will be very difficult. We have to play somewhat better than against Schalke to be successful here, but I am convinced that we will do just that."

Last updated: 20/10/09 22.27CET

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