All around Europe there was great anticipation ahead of the Champions League draw, and particularly so for Sevilla FC, who earned their passage into the elite competition thanks to winning the Europa League last season.
Sevilla were drawn against Juventus, Manchester City and Borussia Mönchengladbach, ensuring that Group D will certainly be one of the most competitive, as all the participants vie for places in the knock-out stages of the competition.
Offering his initial reaction to the draw to Sevilla FC Radio, sporting director Monchi acknowledged: "This is a Champions League group that reflects the high level there is in this competition, and it features teams from the four most important leagues in Europe."
Aware that Sevilla will have to be at their very best to qualify, Monchi underlined: "There are many adjectives to describe this group, but I'll simply suggest that it's going to be complicated, just as any group was always going to be. In this competition there are no easy rivals. We'll be aspiring to do the best we can."
Rather than be seen as one of the underdogs in the group, Monchi was keen to declare: "Our team has grown on the basis of having a competitive spirit, and an internal level of demand that makes us great."
"Evidently we respect teams like Juve, Borussia and Manchester City, but I think that feeling sorry for ourselves, or feeling like we're victims, isn't going to make us any greater."
For that reason, Monchi concluded enthusiastically: "We have to confront this competition with the spirit that has characterised Sevilla over recent years."
Offering his thoughts to Sevilla FC website, manager Unai Emery suggested: "These are rivals who will present a challenge for us at a world-class level, and what we must do is compete and be up to their level."
Analysing each opponent individually, Emery explained: "Borussia are rivals we faced last year and were top level opponents in the Europa League. Juventus are the sort of top quality team we were hoping to face, and for sure, they'll be a challenge."
"Manchester City, just like Juventus, are going to be one of the favourites and they'll challenge us to raise our demands of ourselves." He pointed out, regarding the English side managed by Manuel Pellegrini.
Clear that everyone at the Andaluz club is thrilled to be competing, Emery concluded: "We need to work very hard to make ourselves a team, a name, given that being in the Champions League is another step for us, an ambition and one we need to enjoy."