Sevilla counting on Man City to continue Europa League streak
Sevilla are hoping for the chance to target a third consecutive Europa League title after a disappointing return to the Champions League with victory over Juventus on Tuesday.
Unai Emery’s men need to beat last season’s Champions League finalists and hope Manchester City pick up at least a point at home against a resurgent Borussia Moenchengladbach to finish third in Group D.
“For us the game tomorrow is a final. We need to be aware of what we have in play in the Europa League, where we want to play an important role again,” said Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente on Monday.
“We don’t depend on ourselves, but we have to take the first step. There is a big chance that Manchester City, playing for first place in the group, will win at home.”
Sevilla only qualified for the Champions League thanks to winning the Europa League for the fourth time in 10 years last season.
After a run of four consecutive defeats, coach Unai Emery admitted his side haven’t dealt with the step up in quality to Europe’s premier club competition, but believes they can return next season via the Europa League once more.
“We all wanted to play in the Champions League and, when you do that, the demands increase,” he said.
“Rising to that challenge is the goal we haven’t been able to accomplish. The next goal is to return to the Champions League with Sevilla. We have the power tomorrow to beat Juventus and have an open door to the Europa League.”
Sevilla have also suffered an inconsistent campaign in La Liga, but have beaten Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Sanchez Pizjuan already this season and Emery wants his side to reach that level of performance against the Italian champions.
“We need to play like we did against Madrid and Barcelona and find consistency.
“We don’t depend on ourselves to continue in Europe, but it is in our hands to play well and prepare ourselves for an opponent that will demand a lot.”