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Soriano urges Salzburg to take it steady

Published: Wednesday 12 March 2014, 9.50CET
FC Salzburg may have won all eight of their games so far but UEFA Europa League top scorer Jonatan Soriano is calling for more "hard work and humility" in the last 16.
by Jürgen Baumgartner
from Salzburg

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Tournament statistics

BaselSalzburg

Goals scored8
 
22
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts53
 
168
on target24
 
75
off target20
 
71
blocked9
 
22
against woodwork0
4
Corners22
 
62
Offsides19
 
42
Yellow cards19
 
25
Red Cards3
 
2
Fouls committed99
 
127
Fouls suffered67
 
151
Passes2447
 
4081
completed1889
 
2970

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Published: Wednesday 12 March 2014, 9.50CET

Soriano urges Salzburg to take it steady

FC Salzburg may have won all eight of their games so far but UEFA Europa League top scorer Jonatan Soriano is calling for more "hard work and humility" in the last 16.

FC Salzburg's perfect UEFA Europa League record this season owes a lot to the form of forward Jonatan Soriano – a man who is relishing his team's progress in a "beautiful and prestigious" competition.

Soriano's seven goals have propelled him to the top of the tournament scoring chart – and the Austrian club into the round of 16 where they meet FC Basel 1893, semi-finalists last term. Though Salzburg won all six of their group stage games, they caught the eye even more in the last 32, cruising to a 6-1 aggregate success against AFC Ajax.

"For us, it was very important to win, as Ajax were probably one of the favourites to win the Europa League – plus it's Ajax, one of the big clubs in Europe," said Soriano, formerly with RCD Espanyol, Albacete Balompié and FC Barcelona B. "They came down from the Champions League, having been eliminated from that, and we were drawn against them. Step by step, with hard work and humility, we can make it through the next rounds.

"I think that a competition is made big by the teams playing in it, and this season there are more important teams who are turning this competition into a beautiful and really prestigious one," added the 28-year-old Spaniard, who also hit a hat-trick in August's UEFA Europa League play-offs. "It's really nice and special for us as we're playing in a competition which has been very tough, and there are a lot of teams who want to win it."

To hear more from Soriano and coach Roger Schmidt, including the player's recollections of his stunning 50-metre strike against Ajax, watch the video above.

Last updated: 13/03/14 16.20CET

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