Eduardo Berizzo expressed his relief at Sevilla’s progression to the Champions League group stages and explained ‘suffering is part of football’.
Los Rojiblancos squeezed past Istanbul Basaksehir 4-3 on aggregate but were inches away from crashing out on away goals as Emre Belozoglu’s last minute free-kick rattled the post.
“Suffering is part of football and especially in games like this,” Berizzo told his post match press conference.
“We know how to grind our teeth and get through games like this still in a tournament, it is a quality and one we hope to exploit.
“You dream of nights like these and being part of this tournament, our objective is now to break our own ceiling and keep working hard.
“We have a good balance and I am not concerned with defending, this is one of many aspects we will continue to work on.
“We must celebrate advancing to the next stage as this was the only important thing.”