Sevilla Coach Unai Emery wants his side to take a professional approach in the Europa League tie with Maribor.
The first leg, in Slovenia, ended in a 2-2 draw, leaving Sevilla in a decent position to progress thanks to their two away goals.
But Emery told a Press conference on Wednesday that while he expects his side to control the game at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, nothing can be taken for granted.
“They seemed to find a way in Maribor but I hope we can control the game and block their counter-attack, which hurt us there,” Emery said.
Emery was also asked about the possibility Sevilla could play Real Betis in the next round of the competition. He responded by insisting the next game was most important.
“If I’ve learned anything this season it’s that it’s dangerous to look to the next two games or three,” Emery continued.
“We aren’t looking beyond Thursday to see if we can do something exciting in this competition.
“We feel the utmost respect for Maribor. Football is very important in that city.”
Emery rejected that the second leg bore similarities to the Copa del Rey tie with Racing Santander, which saw Sevilla eliminated by third-tier opposition.
“This game is not comparable with that but it has been a learning experience and an example of how to address a tie like this.”