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Sevilla aim for European treble in Europa League final

English.news.cn   2014-05-13 18:00:18

MADRID, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Sevilla will look to win their third major European title in eight years when they take on Benfica in the final of the Europa League in Turin on Wednesday night.

The Spanish club won the predecessor to the Europa League, the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007 under the guidance of Juande Ramos and this season reached the final after surviving a nasty scare against fellow Spaniards, Valencia in the semi-finals.

Sevilla looked to be crashing out 3-2 on aggregate before Stephane M' bia' s header late in injury time saw them qualify on the away goals rule.

Unai Emery has slowly forged his team into a solid block of players, with several standout performers such as central defender, Federico Fazio, striker Carlos Bacca and attacking midfielder Igor Rakitic.

Rakitic is the man who pulls the strings in the Sevilla midfield, taking most of the set pieces and looking to set up strikers Kevin Gameiro and Carlos Bacca.

Gamerio is a slight injury doubt for Wednesday, but should take his place on the bench, while Bacca looks to continue what has been an excellent season in front of goal.

The Colombian, who joined Sevilla from Bruges last summer, has scored 19 goals in all competitions this campaign, with five of those coming on the road to Turin.

"When I signed for Sevilla, I knew I was signing for a big Spanish club and my hope was to experience games such as this one against Benfica," said Bacca in an interview with sports paper, Diario AS.

"Now my dream is to score in the final, but if it' s not me, I don' t mind as long as one of my team-mates scores. The main thing is for us to win the Cup and for the club to continue growing. This is one of the most important moments of the season," he said.

Meanwhile Sevilla coach Unai Emery has once again been vindicated in his work by the club' s progress to the final.

The former Valencia coach returned to Spain after a complicated experience with Spartak Moscow, but his season and a half with Sevilla have shown that leading Valencia to Champions League qualification three times in four years was no fluke.

Sevilla have already assured a place in next year' s Europa League after just missing out on the top four this season, but after resting the majority of Wednesday' s starting 11 in Getafe at the weekend they will have their strongest side available to face Benfica.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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