Sevilla is still alive and hopes to pull off a comeback in its Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund, coach Julen Lopetegui said on Monday after a traumatic string of losses.

Sevilla lost the first leg at home 3-2 last month and could hardly have had a worse run of results heading into Tuesday’s return leg in Dortmund.


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It suffered back-to-back defeats by Barcelona in La Liga and the Copa del Rey semifinals, surrendering a 2-0 lead from the first leg to crash out 3-2 on aggregate, before suffering a humbling 2-1 loss at struggling Elche on Saturday.

“Every team goes through good and bad moments but the team is absolutely alive and excited about playing this game,” Lopetegui told a news conference.

“We deserve to be here for what we did last season and this campaign and although we have a difficult result to…

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