Unai Emery insists Sevilla do not rely on Ever Banega in wake of the midfielder’s calf injury ruling him out of the trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
The Argentine joined Benoit Tremoulinas, Beto, Marco Andreolli, Nicolas Pareja, Daniel Carrico and Gael Kakuta on the treatment table after he pulled out of training on Friday with the setback, but the Coach used October’s 2-1 win against Barcelona in October as the blueprint for his side at Riazor.
“[Banega] has discomfort in his soleus and was forced to leave training early [on Friday],” he said at a Press conference.
“Still, a team can’t rely on any footballer to be a competitive and winning team.
“We beat Barcelona without Ever and [Grzegorz Krychowiak]. That’s the example we have to use, so we must adapt and play with the qualities we have at all times.
“The team had a great game [against UD Logrones in the Copa del Rey], and we want to do so again [on Saturday].
“The road to points is to find a style of play, in which you do things correctly, and Depor are always improving and will demand that from us [on Saturday].
“We want to show our strength and Saturday is another challenge. It’s a very important game against a team with 21 points, whom we want to topple.
“Deportivo are in good form, playing with confidence, and they want to stay on the path they’re on.
“We go to Riazor, hoping to strike a blow and leave with points to reinforce our growth.
“Everything’s at stake, but I’m optimistic because I see the team working well. They have the answers.
“[On Carrico], any player injured is a setback for the team, but he’s had a slower recovery than we’d have liked.
“[On Juventus’ reported interest in him], I haven’t spoken to them.”