Emery: La Liga is Sevilla’s mother

Unai Emery has insisted that La Liga is Sevilla’s “mother competition”, not the Copa del Rey, ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Las Palmas.

The Andalucians set up a cup final date with Barcelona in May after they defeated Celta Vigo 6-2 on aggregate in the last four, but the Coach made it clear the League was his side’s priority as they continued his quest for “consistency and credibility”.

“We must focus on each game with the highest energy and the League is the mother competition, which marks our consistency and credibility,” he said at a Press conference.

“We booked our place in the cup final and now we’re focused on increasing our credibility in the League, where we are ambitious and hope to keep our dreams alive.

“We’re playing for three points in front of our fans at Sanchez Pizjuan, so we want to put on a good performance and meet our fans’ demands of playing at our best for 90 minutes.

“[On not celebrating Sevilla’s place in the Copa final], I’m just focused on the game [on Sunday].

“The cup is finalised. We hosted a big game against Celta, and the fans really enjoyed themselves and celebrated [reaching the final].

“The fans must keep that enthusiasm going when they visit the stadium [on Sunday].

“It’s a good time for us and the fans. I think there will be a great atmosphere [on Sunday].

“The Sevilla fans are responsible for this and know the importance of the League.

“[Las Palmas] are a team in the lower area [of the table] and are suffering from some injuries.

“Away from home, they’re an interesting proposition.

“Like [Athletic] Bilbao, they have a lot of personality and are a reflection of their Coach [Quique] Setien.

“We have to adjust our qualities to our opponents and try to win.”

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