‘Celta practically in Europe, but…’

Nolito believes Celta “have practically qualified for the Europa League” but insists his side want to go one better and reach the Champions League.

Celta won their third game in four thanks to Nolito’s winner in Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Sporting Gijon, which also kept them fifth in La Liga and eight points behind Villarreal directly above them, and the attacker says his team “are determined to finish as high as possible”.

“We’ve practically qualified for the Europa League and we can enjoy this [achievement], but we’re also competing [for the Champions League] for another six games,” he said after the match.

“We’ve met our expectations for the season, but we’re ambitious and we’ll try to finish as high as possible if the chance arises.

“It was a difficult game decided by small details. Despite their situation in the table, Sporting are a great team, but the balance tipped in our favour.

“We’re happy with the three points and the work we did.”

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