Sevilla manager Unai Emery has revealed his side’s love for the Europa League after qualifying for their third consecutive final.
On Thursday, Sevilla defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 to secured a 5-3 aggregate win and earn a final spot against Liverpool who beat another Spanish side Villarreal 3-1 on aggregate.
“I think all Sevilla fans feel something special about this competition because it has given us a lot,” Emery said.
“It was a very exciting and special day.
“Players are aware of our hard work and that’s the way we should carry on.
“We are humans, not a rock, and when you achieve something you have worked hard to get it you have to celebrate the achievement.
“Each player enjoys in the way he wants: being with the family or friends…we did enjoy in the dressing room as we will play another final and we will go with all Sevilla fans.”
Sevilla will play Liverpool in the final in Basel on May 18 and Emery is looking forward to an intriguing finale.
“Liverpool are going to make us a very exigent final. Liverpool are aiming to win this competition for many reasons: it is a trophy, it gives you access to Champions League, they are historic team.
“That’s why I think it is going to be a fabulous final, very equal and we should enjoy it.”
“If we want to consider someone as a candidate we should analyse many things and it is tough to be objective or fair,” the 44-year-old continued. “I don’t believe we could consider ourselves favourites against Liverpool.”