Stockholm motivation for Guidetti

Celta Vigo striker John Guidetti has stated the Europa League final being in his hometown of Stockholm ‘is a big thing’ for him.

The 25-year-old netted in the Galicians’ triumph in the five-goal thriller at home to Genk in the first leg of the Europa League last week, ahead of the trip to the Cristal Arena on Thursday evening.

"To play in any Europa League final would be motivation enough, even if it was on the moon, but of course for it to be played in Stockholm is a big thing for me," Guidetti told

"It's where I was born, where I grew up – it's in my heart.

"The Celta fans are fantastic, before the game with Genk they were here two hours ahead of kick-off and showed us so much love. We want to give it back to them by getting to the semi-finals.

"We're playing really well, we have a great squad and we just work hard together; we're like a big family. We've beaten Barcelona and Real Madrid and won away at Shakhtar Donetsk, so we can beat any team if we play the way we can."

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