Emery ambivalent on Basel draw

Unai Emery felt Sevilla’s 0-0 draw with Basel in the Europa League on Thursday “isn’t the best result, but it’s not the worst either”.

Los Nervionenses failed to break the final hosts down in the first leg of their last-16 tie, also having Steven N’Zonzi sent off for an elbow on Birkir Bjarnason, leaving everything to play for at Sanchez Pizjuan, but the Coach made it clear his side were ready for whatever the outcome.

“We’ll propose the tie over 180 minutes and always be ready if the circumstances lead us to more,” he said after the game.

“We always respect our rivals at their stadiums. The goalless draw isn’t the best result, but it’s not the worst either.

“Everything’s open and now we have to give everything at home. We had control of the ball [in the first leg] and were aware of their danger on the counterattack.

“In attack, we had fewer options than we wanted, but we were clear in our play.

“[On N’Zonzi’s red card], it was something the referee saw, I saw nothing.

“I’ll have to watch it back on TV, but I do know that there was no intention from N’Zonzi to hit [Bjarnason].

“He has great height and his arms were level with his opponent’s head.

“He hasn’t been given an explanation as to why his game was limited by these circumstances.”

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