Sevilla boss Unai Emery has admitted that Saturday’s game against Sporting Gijon in La Liga is “vital in the circumstances”.
Los Nervionenses have been dogged by inconsistency in the League this season, which sees them in 10th after 14 games, nine points behind the Champions League places, and the Coach made it clear that only a victory over the Asturians would do.
“We’re at a deficit in the League, which is the most important competition to give us credibility, so the three points tomorrow are vital in the circumstances,” he said at a Press conference.
“I don’t want to talk about anything other than the game. If we don’t win, that’s when I’ll come out to accept that we haven’t won.
“Up for grabs are three points which would be very difficult to make up later in the season.
“What’s after [Sporting]? Nothing. They’re disrespectful questions which aren’t related to [Sporting].
“[Sporting] are like Eibar in the first half of last season. They’re a very young and competitive team, who always give it their all and will make life difficult for us.
“The game will be very difficult, but it’s also very important and we’re working on it.
“The Sevilla fans share the team’s enthusiasm, so we must create a connection with our fans.
“We must use the momentum of the [win against Juventus] and intensity of the team at Sanchez Pizjuan. I’ll only play those who are at 100 percent.
“[On Daniel Carrico returning], it’s important because it makes the squad more competitive and the team better, so our performances will be better.
“[Borussia] Dortmund are the clear favourites [for the Europa League], but the fact we’re recognised too is good because it shows Sevilla have an important place among Coaches and teams.
“[On Thimothee Kolodziejczak], we have our last training session [on Saturday].
“He trained [on Friday] and his recovery has gone very well. If he continues as he has, he’ll be available.”