Bacca: We lost the battle, but not the war
Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca insists that the Europa League contest with Real Betis is far from over, but before they think of the second-leg, they must put all their efforts into a La Liga victory against Real Valladolid, on Sunday.
Although keen to move on quickly from Thursday’s first-leg defeat against Real Betis in the Europa League, speaking at a Friday press call, Colombian striker Carlos Bacca insisted that his team will fight with every ounce of effort they have, to turn things around at the Benito Villamarín.
“We have to turn the page. Unfortunately, yesterday we lost the battle, but not the war. There’s still ninety minutes for us to fight to the death, but before that comes, we’ve got another really important game.”
The next objective however, is the visit of Real Valladolid in La Liga, with Bacca underlining the importance of victory in that game, being first and foremost in their current thoughts.
“Real Valladolid are coming here full of motivation, having beaten one of the best teams in the world, but we’re playing at home and we have to keep going the way we have been in La Liga. Taking the three points will be really important for us. We have to focus on our play, give the best we can, keep working hard and in the best way.”
Even though Real Valladolid beat Barcelona last weekend, Bacca sent them a clear message that his team are fired up and ready to claim the three points at the Sánchez-Pizjuán.
“They come here fighting to get out of the position, but it won’t be easy for them. If they want to win, they’ll have to do it somewhere else, because we have to defend our home. We’re full of enthusiasm to get the win, just as we were yesterday, but it wasn’t to be.”
Even though journalists prompted Bacca for more thoughts about the Europa League derby, he simply explained that they must focus on Sunday’s game first, as there will be plenty of time to prepare for the second test against Real Betis, once their La Liga encounter is out of the way.
“We can’t think about Betis right now. We have to be calm, because there’s still ninety minutes to go. We’re focused on Valladolid, on the fans being behind us and that we try to do better. Then on Monday, we’ll prepare ourselves for the second-leg on Thursday, which won’t be easy.”