‘Celta practically in Europe, but...’
Nolito believes Celta “have practically qualified for the Europa League” but insists his side want to go one better and reach the Champions League.
Valverde issues Athletic rallying cry
Ernesto Valverde has made it clear that Athletic Bilbao will go all out in their Europa League quarter-final second leg at Sevilla after Thursday’s 2-1 defeat.
‘Villarreal should’ve won by more’
Marcelino felt “it was a pity” his “extraordinary” Villarreal did not win by a greater margin after Thursday’s 2-1 win against Sparta Prague in the Europa League.
Emery: Athletic tie still 50-50
Unai Emery insists Sevilla are not favourites to reach the Europa League semi-finals, despite Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Athletic in the last eight.
‘Villarreal were in the Segunda…’
Mario Gaspar is amazed at how far Villarreal have come in a few years as they prepare for a Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Marcelino wants full Madrigal
Villarreal Coach Marcelino hopes the home fans pack El Madrigal for the Europa League quarter-final first leg with Sparta Prague.
Krychowiak: Respect for Athletic
Grzegorz Krychowiak says Sevilla will greet Europa League opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘with respect’ and ‘the team is hungry.’
Emery: Europa League means a lot
Unai Emery acknowledges the ‘Europa League means a lot to Sevilla’ but opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘want to do something big.’
Aduriz: Sevilla very dangerous
Athletic Bilbao striker Artiz Aduriz is expecting a difficult tie against Europa League holders Sevilla. ‘They are very dangerous…’
‘Athletic dreaming of Europa League’
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde says the Europa League quarter-final with Sevilla is the game his side have been ‘dreaming of all season.’
‘Athletic-Sevilla is open’
Joaquin Caparros, former Coach of both Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla, sees their Europa League meeting as ‘very open.’
Llorente: Strange to play Athletic
Sevilla’s Fernando Llorente is ready to play first club Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League but admits it will be ‘strange.’
Del Bosque: No Spain, Italy difference
Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque believes Spain and Italy are on a similar level and doesn’t believe club success is a telling factor ahead of the friendly.
Neville: Valencia won’t give up
Gary Neville has “given his word” that Valencia will not give up on the rest of the season, despite their only hope of silverware vanishing on Thursday.
Athletic-Sevilla in EL draw
The all-Spanish theme of Friday’s draws sees Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Madrid lead UEFA coefficients
Real Madrid lead the UEFA coefficient ranking for clubs ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw in Nyon.
Marcelino: Impossible not to suffer
Marcelino warns it is ‘impossible Villarreal don’t suffer’ in the Europa League second leg with Bayer Leverkusen.
Valverde: Treat it like 0-0
Ernesto Valverde advises Athletic Bilbao to treat the Europa League second leg against Valencia ‘as if the game was 0-0.’
‘Valencia have to fight like crazy’
Gary Neville called on Valencia to ‘fight like crazy’ in the Europa League second leg with Athletic Bilbao.
Marcelino: Leverkusen tie not over
Marcelino insisted Villarreal’s Europa League last-16 tie with Bayer Leverkusen was not over, despite Thursday’s 2-0 win in the first leg.
Emery ambivalent on Basel draw
Unai Emery felt Sevilla’s 0-0 draw with Basel in the Europa League on Thursday “isn’t the best result, but it’s not the worst either”.
Neville critical of Athletic pitch
Gary Neville admitted “I’ve never seen a pitch in this condition” after Valencia’s 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao at a rain-sodden San Mames on Thursday.
Emery: Basel need no motivation
Unai Emery has urged his players to respect opponents Basel in their first-leg Europa League Last 16 clash at St Jakob-Park on Thursday.
Marcelino: Villarreal win important
Villarreal boss Marcelino has stressed the need to win their first leg Last 16 Europa League tie against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.
Valverde: Athletic not favourites
Ernesto Valverde insists Athletic Bilbao are not favourites against Valencia in their Last 16 Europa League tie first-leg clash on Thursday.
Neville relishing San Mames
Valencia boss Gary Neville says he is looking forward to the atmosphere at San Mames against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Valverde relieved after ‘suffering’
Ernesto Valverde spoke of his relief after Athletic Bilbao “suffered greatly” to overcome Marseille in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.
Neville: Banner crossed the line
Gary Neville was critical of an “inappropriate” banner aimed towards Valencia during their 4-0 win at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday.
La Liga learns EL last-16 fate
The Europa League last-16 draw throws up an all-Spanish tie between Athletic Bilbao and Valencia as Villarreal play Bayer Leverkusen and Sevilla face Basel.
Marcelino hails Villarreal resilience
Marcelino hailed Villarreal’s defensive resilience and ability to score “a great goal” during Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Europa League last 16.
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