‘Benat best player despite penalty miss’
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: Anyone but Sevilla
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.
Emery: You make your own luck
Unai Emery dismissed suggestions Sevilla were fortunate to overcome Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League quarter-finals as “luck has to be earned”.
‘Villarreal prepared to suffer’
Marcelino says Villarreal are ‘prepared to suffer’ to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.
‘Athletic comeback is possible’
Raul Garcia believes Athletic Bilbao can recover their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla. ‘We’re very clear what we have to do.’
‘Sevilla like a basketball team!’
Ernesto Valverde is concerned by Sevilla’s set-piece threat as Athletic Bilbao go to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Europa League.
‘Sevilla ready for 90 minutes or more’
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.’
Emery: Sevilla have great opportunity
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.
Williams out of Sevilla-Athletic
Athletic Bilbao go to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final second leg without Inaki Williams, who has a muscular injury.
‘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”.
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