Unai Emery rued the effect Atletico Madrid’s two early goals had on his Sevilla side’s motivation in their Copa del Rey semi-final.
Atleti took a 2-0 lead in yesterday evening’s second leg to move into a 4-1 aggregate score-line. Whilst Sevilla fought back to 2-2, they were later reduced to nine men as frustration got the better of both Gary Medel and Geoffrey Kondogbia.
“The team remained motivated, but the first goal was scored by them after a basic move, basic but effective,” began Emery in his post-match assessment.
“We conceded a goal that generated big questions that we must react quickly to, with a goal. There were moments, but we still could not score that goal to lower the doubts.
“In addition, we failed to be fluid, even if we still created chances. Their second goal then generated twice as much doubt that at times led to an impotence.
“We had to continue working, even though at that stage it was not easy as the ambition was latent. I had to appeal to the heroic nature of the team and in the second half they have responded, turning the game with our second goal.
“We have been vertical, going for the goal and targeting the final. Regarding the red cards, the criticism of ourselves must be strong and correct, because although there was a part that was understanding, we must take control.”
Emery took time to evaluate the opponents too.
“They are having a great season with two players in attack who can unsettle you and who in this game have been very effective. In the second half the game was more open and we congratulate them.
“Besides the analysis, congratulations must go to the fans, who have been with our team and who we owe.”