Emery: Sevilla dreams intact

Unai Emery says Sevilla’s dreams of success this season remain “intact” ahead of Sunday’s trip to Espanyol as they continue to fight on three fronts.

Victory over Espanyol would guarantee Sevilla a place in Europe next season, although it could get even better for them as they will contest the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona later this month, while two away goals at Shakhtar Donetsk make them a good bet for a third straight Europa League final.

“We give each competition importance,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“Our dreams are intact in three competitions, but we haven’t achieved anything yet.

“We have real chances [of achieving something]. If we win, we’ll get closer to fifth place.

“We have a dynamic from previous seasons. We’ve always been mentally and physically prepared.

“Of course, some players who appeared on Thursday will not [on Sunday].

“Some youngsters will play. They have the dynamics of the first team and know how we play.

“It’s not something new and we trust them for the great season they’re having [in the lower categories].

“Espanyol are involved in the struggle for survival. They will play a game of high intensity and have good players who create balance.

“They have the ability to give better performances than their place in the table.

“[On Michael Krohn-Dehli’s serious knee injury], playing in top competitions has these consequences because you’re exposed to very high standards.

“He’s strong and already thinking about his recovery. He’s happy for the support he’s receiving from football world.

“He has experience of this type of injury, he knows it’ll be tough and he’ll return to defend the Sevilla jersey.

“We all have experiences of serious injuries which we’ve recovered from.

“Injuries affect us emotionally because we have a very united squad.

“If one player is hurt, so is everyone else, but [injuries] are part of the game and now we have a second reason to end the season on a high.”

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