Martinez: Sevilla as good as Barca, Madrid

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez believes Sevilla are as good as Real Madrid and Barcelona for tonight’s Champions League quarter final.

The German champions play the first leg of their last eight tie in Andalucia against the side who currently lie seventh in La Liga, but the 29-year-old had a word of warning for his teammates.

“Maybe people think they're not as good as Barcelona or Real Madrid but I think they are,” Martinez told ESPN FC.

“If we are not at 100 percent, they can beat us – their victory over Manchester United was a good example (of what might happen).

“I think Sevilla deserved to win both games, in Sevilla and in Manchester, they scored two goals in the most difficult moments of the game [at Old Trafford].

“They acted and played like a big team. That is why they are dangerous and they know how to play important games, they know how to do it.

“They scream very loudly. When Athletic Bilbao [go there], it's always a good atmosphere. It's like a party, I think it will be the same against Bayern because they have to celebrate they are in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

“It will be like a party but they won't give us anything. To beat them we have to fight very hard. Otherwise, we will never win in Sevilla.”

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