EUROPA LEAGUE

Marcelino accepts Liverpool are favourites for the Europa League semi-final but insists ‘Villarreal are not inferior.’
Santi Cazorla hopes former side Villarreal reach the Europa League Final and warns the first leg at El Madrigal will be the key game against Liverpool.
Jose Antonio Reyes will be unavailable for Sevilla’s Europa League game against Shakhtar Donetsk after an emergency appendix operation.
Eduardo Berizzo wants Celta Vigo to take a step towards the Europa League with a victory at Espanyol.
Like their Madrid counterparts, Sevilla and Villarreal have not been paired in the Europa League semi-finals as Shakhtar Donetsk and Liverpool await them.
Ernesto Valverde sympathised with Benat Etxeberria after the midfielder missed the decisive penalty in Athletic Bilbao’s quarter-final defeat to Sevilla on Thursday.
Marcelino insists Villarreal do not want Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals “at all costs” after triumphing 6-3 over Sparta Prague on Thursday.
Unai Emery dismissed suggestions Sevilla were fortunate to overcome Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League quarter-finals as “luck has to be earned”.
Marcelino says Villarreal are ‘prepared to suffer’ to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Raul Garcia believes Athletic Bilbao can recover their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla. ‘We’re very clear what we have to do.’
Ernesto Valverde is concerned by Sevilla’s set-piece threat as Athletic Bilbao go to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Europa League.
Kevin Gameiro tells Sevilla to be prepared for extra time in the Europa League quarter-final with Athletic Bilbao. ‘We know a lot can happen.’
Unai Emery sees the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Athletic Bilbao as a ‘great opportunity’ for Sevilla but stressed the need to focus.
Athletic Bilbao go to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final second leg without Inaki Williams, who has a muscular injury.
Nolito believes Celta “have practically qualified for the Europa League” but insists his side want to go one better and reach the Champions League.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Villarreal Coach Marcelino hopes the home fans pack El Madrigal for the Europa League quarter-final first leg with Sparta Prague.
Grzegorz Krychowiak says Sevilla will greet Europa League opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘with respect’ and ‘the team is hungry.’
Unai Emery acknowledges the ‘Europa League means a lot to Sevilla’ but opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘want to do something big.’
Athletic Bilbao striker Artiz Aduriz is expecting a difficult tie against Europa League holders Sevilla. ‘They are very dangerous…’
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde says the Europa League quarter-final with Sevilla is the game his side have been ‘dreaming of all season.’
Joaquin Caparros, former Coach of both Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla, sees their Europa League meeting as ‘very open.’
Sevilla’s Fernando Llorente is ready to play first club Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League but admits it will be ‘strange.’
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.
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.
The all-Spanish theme of Friday’s draws sees Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Real Madrid lead the UEFA coefficient ranking for clubs ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw in Nyon.
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