FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk coach Myron Markevych admits his players are nervous ahead of Wednesday's final against a Sevilla FC side who have been seeking the inside line.
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• Sevilla FC and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk meet in UEFA Europa League final in Warsaw
• Winners will qualify for 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage
• Holders Sevilla are eyeing record fourth UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League crown
• Dnipro coach Myron Markevych: "Of course the players are feeling nervous"
• Sevilla's Unai Emery admits to speaking to former Dnipro coach Juande Ramos for advice
Dnipro: Boyko; Fedetskiy, Douglas, Cheberyachko, Léo Matos; Kankava, Rotan, Fedorchuk, Matheus, Konoplyanka; Kalinić.
• Out: Mazuch, Zozulya
Sevilla: Rico; Coke, Carriço, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas; Mbia, Krychowiak; Aleix Vidal, Banega, Vitolo; Bacca.
• Out: Pareja (knee)
Myron Markevych, Dnipro coach
It's true we weren't planning on playing in the final this season, but you get more appetite once you start eating. Once we beat Olympiacos [in the round of 32] I started believing that we could go to the semi-finals at least.
I am a fan of Spanish football, that's true. Not only me, though – many people all over the world are fans. I like their style of play, how the team performs on the pitch. I think Sevilla are quite similar to Napoli, probably because they both have Spanish coaches and the way they play is similar.
If I said the players were not worried, that would not be right. Of course they feel nervous, but the important thing is that they stop being nervous as soon as they get onto the pitch. Sevilla are a very good attacking side – they have good forwards and will create a number of chances. This is a headache for us, but our defence – at least until today – has played well.
Of course [the prospect of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League] adds incentive. I think it is very good that UEFA gives the winner this chance. It's an additional incentive for both us and Sevilla.
Unai Emery, Sevilla coach
Details matter a great deal when two teams like this play each other over 90 minutes. It's going to be a close call, so our concentration and focus must be more than 100% to ensure that the details work in our favour. [Dnipro] are a very well-organised team – their defence is really solid. They are also skilled at pressing up front, so keeping hold of the ball is not going to be easy for us. That is one of the keys to their success; they can really press the opposition.
We have analysed and studied Dnipro. We have gathered information from Juande [Ramos], as well as [former assistants] Marcos Álvarez and [Juan] Muñiz because we want to know them in detail. All three of these have worked at Dnipro and they know them well.
I don't have a crystal ball, but we'll see what we can do. On the basis of what's happened up until now, we know this will be a very difficult match. We are both here because we've grabbed opportunities – we've seen it, we've wanted it, we've been demanding of ourselves. There have been teams who considered themselves as favourites against Dnipro but then couldn't hold their own. We need to be mindful of this.
To get a trophy, to write history, is an opportunity, a responsibility. The Champions League is an added motivation that really improves the Europa League. The Europa League continues to grow but the Champions League is an extra step that we want to take.
Igor Linnyk: If Dnipro manage to stop favourites Sevilla from playing their own game, this will be a 50-50 contest. Markevych's side have proven many times this season that they can grind out results thanks to their unerring discipline and commitment. I cannot envisage Yevhen Konoplyanka being afforded much space in Warsaw, however, and therefore expect one of Ruslan Rotan, Nikola Kalinić or Matheus to make the difference in the Polish capital.
Prediction: Dnipro 1-0 Sevilla (aet)
Santi Retortillo: Despite having their sights firmly set on this final, Sevilla put on a scintillating display in the second half of their Liga denouement on Saturday. Éver Banega, Vicente Iborra, Aleix Vidal and José Antonio Reyes all turned on the style to show the attacking prowess of a team that looks capable of breaching even Dnipro's strong defensive unit. Throw in their added experience and Sevilla look well set for a fourth title.
Prediction: Dnipro 0-3 Sevilla
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