Emery: Shortlist is for everyone

Sevilla’s Unai Emery is pleased to be listed as a candidate to win the World Coach of the Year award, valuing it as recognition for the team’s success.

Emery was nominated along with nine other trainers and the winner will be announced at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in January.

“It’s recognition for everyone. I think the legs of Sevilla are composed of the fans, the directors who make the base and the coaching staff within, and the media,” he said, AS reports.

“I think it’s good for everyone. It’s satisfying. Being on the shortlist is the best recognition. Winning it is more complicated.”

Emery was speaking at a Press conference to preview Sevilla’s Champions League encounter with Manchester City, and was also asked about interest in and the fitness of some of his players.

“Every player who has been at Sevilla or is here now has had rumours of interest in them,” he said, particularly referencing Yevhen Konoplyanka and Grzegorz Krychowiak.

“The interest is good because it’s recognition for the club. We’re happy with Konoplyanka. He’s acquiring our concepts.

“We’re pleased with Steven NZonzi. His contribution is important. He needs time and we have to protect him. There’s a lot of work to do and he’s on that line. I see him getting better.

“Could Konoplyanka and Fernando Llorente start? They’re all important. Kevin Gameiro arrived two years ago, Ciro Immobile…we base it on how each one plays with another.

“Llorente has been delayed because he came late and also he’s had some physical problems. We have to find the winning balance.”

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