Primera Week 24 - 17 Feb 2013 (14.00 UK)
Sevilla 3 - 1 Deportivo
Rakitic 5 (S), Medel 27, 40 (S), Riki 32 (D)
Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Unai Emery and Fernando Vazquez both took honest and positive assessments of their teams after Sevilla’s 3-1 win over Deportivo.

Los Nervionenses were comfortable victors at home to the bottom side in La Liga, with all three goals scored in the first 40 minutes of play and the game providing 33 attempts on goal between the two teams.

“It was a great game which was open, with chances for Sevilla and Deportivo - the dynamic of an attacking game can provide chances,” Emery enthused post-match.

“We want to have all our chances, but see that the opponent does not have their chances, so we have to be self-critical and continue to refine things besides having control and positioning on the field, to give us consistency in defending.”

Emery was asked if the team’s following League fixture away to Barcelona would be disgarded, in favour of the following Wednesday’s return leg in the Copa del Rey semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

“Although the 27th [the Atletico game] is an important date, now we have to think of Barcelona and find a competitive XI to win that game.

“Now I would say that I will take the best XI, but we’ll see for the injured and suspended, but we missed an opportunity in Madrid last weekend and we should not ignore Barcelona because the team has ground to still make up in the League.”

Counterpart Vazquez reflected on his return to the game after six-and-a-half years away, and on the effort he saw from his new team.

“I saw that Sevilla were better than us. We could not overcome them in many phases of the game, but the team never gave up, even when the other team was better they fought,” concluded the former Celta Vigo Coach post-match.

“We have to work harder and better, but the dressing room is fine. Now we have a complicated month, it is difficult and we know it and accept it, but we will fight for this and we have to get our first win.

“We need eight more wins until the end of the season, the team is going to try.

“After all this time away from coaching, I have not seen anything unusual, I’ve gotten back into things pretty early.”

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