Sevilla sporting director Monchi doesn’t want to think about the likely Copa del Rey final against Barcelona out of respect to Celta Vigo.
Celta were beaten 4-0 in the first leg by Los Rojiblancos and with Barca routing Valencia 7-0, the two finalists appear decided barring an extraordinary set of second leg results.
“I know it’s difficult not to talk about it, but let’s wait a little, out of respect to Celta, and if we get [to the final] then we’ll assess the opponent we face,” Monchi cautioned, Estadio Deportivo reports.
Sevilla have reached this point with a record of 20 goals in their favour in the tournament and none against, a streak Monchi hopes continues as it would guarantee a final berth.
“Hopefully we can keep a clean sheet at Balaidos. That would mean we’re in the final,” he noted.
“The first leg result is very good. We would have taken that before the game but there are still 90 minutes and we have to treat the game as [the tie against Mirandes]. That’s the closest example we have. The key is they never see the chance to turn it around.”
Monchi credited the supporters inside Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as a key factor in the first leg romp, admitting the team was a little complacent before hearing the noise in the stadium.
“In the end, when a team gets used to playing so many important matches as we have in recent years, everyone relaxes a little and we lose a little hope and motivation,” he said.
“That’s why we look for the most sensitive nerve for the necessary motivation. I thought it worked well and that the team and the fans were at their height for what was at stake, the possibility of a final.
“When the game begins and you feel that atmosphere, you can win or lose but you know the team takes to the field knowing there’s a final at stake.
“I noticed there was that hope in Vigo, they were experiencing it in a special way, whereas here, between the transfer window and other issues, there were more distractions.”
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