Sevilla won the Europa League, so why can’t Tottenham or Liverpool?

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur need to learn from Sevilla on how to manage domestic fixtures with European commitments.

Sevilla won the Europa League in 2014 and then again in 2015, and now they are playing in the Champions League.

The Spanish club played on Thursdays and then on Sundays, just like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur did.

If Sevilla could juggle the domestic league with European commitments, then why couldn't the Reds or Spurs?

Liverpool and Tottenham are two of the biggest clubs of England, and are financially far superior to Sevilla.

Yet, it is the Spanish club who are playing in the Champions League this season, not Liverpool or Spurs.

The main reason for that is that Sevilla took the Europa League seriously and found a way to cope with playing two games in a week.

Liverpool and Tottenham could not.

The excuses that the Premier League duo come up with are just that - excuses. Playing on Thursdays and Sundays are not really that tough if you manage things properly.

As far as the competitiveness of the Premier League is concerned, La Liga is a competitive league too - perhaps more competitive than the English top flight.

If one argues that the Premier League is intense, then the simple way to cope with it is to control the game and do not play at a high tempo all the time, especially in Europe.

Did Juventus play at 100 miles per hour against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last month?

No, but the Italian champions were the ones to pick up all three points from the Champions League Group D game.

Rotate the squad, sign better players, plan weeks ahead, do your homework on the opponents, be tactically more flexible.

Perhaps it simply boils down to the fact that the players Liverpool and Tottenham have - or had - are not as good as those at Sevilla.

There is no shame in admitting that, but enough with lame excuses such as tiredness, travelling and competitiveness of the Premier League.

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