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Emery: No time for sentiment

30 April 2014 22:17

Sevilla coach Unai Emery will put his feelings for Valencia aside as he looks to reach the UEFA Europa League final with his current club.

Emery spent four years as coach at the Mestalla between 2008-12, leading them to three consecutive third-place finishes in La Liga and the 2011-12 Europa League semi-finals.

On that occasion, Emery's Valencia were vanquished by eventual winners Atletico Madrid, but his hopes of reaching this season's showcase are boosted by a 2-0 first-leg win in Seville.

Valencia reached the semi-finals thanks to a stunning turnaround against Basel, winning 5-3 on aggregate, despite a 3-0 first-leg loss in Switzerland.

And Emery remains wary of his former club's capacity to spring a surprise at the Mestalla on Thursday.

"For me to be here again – I can't explain how good those four years were, but I am putting these feelings aside," he said.

"I'm not looking to defeat Valencia; I'm looking to guide Sevilla through to the final.

"I've played a semi-final before, with Valencia in the Europa League, but I lost to Atletico. I have another chance now with Sevilla.

"We are all in a good place, close to something extraordinary.

"We know it's going to be a tough game. We need to continue what we did in the first leg, recognising Valencia's threat and potential.

"I have faith in our ability.

"Before the first leg I said our chances were 50-50. Now the odds are stacked a bit more in our favour but we must be very cautious and play with a lot of respect for our opponents."

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Info

3 - 1

Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
1 May 2014
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
On aggregate
3 - 3
Venue
Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Attendance
45938

Goals

S. Feghouli 14'
(assist by E. Vargas) 
1 - 0
Beto (OG) 26'  
2 - 0
J. Mathieu 70'
(assist by Ricardo Costa) 
3 - 0
3 - 1
90'+4 S. M'Bia
 (assist by F. Fazio)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1 82'
20
22 70' 90+3'
12
42
8 14' 73'
21
14 54'
7
17
2
Coach: Pizzi
# Player Bookings
13 26'
3
21
2
6 86'
23
40 90+4'
11
20
19
9
Coach: Unai Emery

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
28
15
19
13
24
27
31

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