"We know what this competition means to this club," said Sevilla FC forward Carlos Bacca as his side prepare to face Valencia CF with a record-equalling third triumph in their sights.
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"We know what this competition means to this club – I knew it from the moment I arrived here," said Carlos Bacca as Sevilla FC prepare for their UEFA Europa League semi-final, intent on making history.
With fellow Spanish Liga outfit Valencia CF standing in their way in the last four, the Colombia forward appreciates his team have form on their side as they chase a record-equalling third triumph in the competition, one that would match the UEFA Cup feats of Juventus, Liverpool FC and FC Internazionale Milano.
"We're playing really well at the moment and that's what football is all about: moments," the 27-year-old, bought last summer from Club Brugge KV to replace Álvaro Negredo, told UEFA.com. "It's important to make the most of these moments. We're playing our best football of the season."
With back-to-back wins in 2006 and 2007, the Rojiblancos have a rich history in the tournament. "Now that I am here I can really see the excitement that the competition brings to the fans and the club and the ambition to win it one more time," said Bacca, a scorer of six goals in 13 European appearances this term.
Sevilla are above Valencia in the league but have not beaten their rivals this season, losing 3-1 at Mestalla before a 0-0 home draw. Those results, though, will count for nothing on Thursday. "Given that it is a semi-final, I think it is going to be a different thing, a beautiful experience – something good for Spanish football."
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