Emery: This team has learned how to suffer, we were prepared for this
Sevilla manager Unai Emery was delighted with the Europa League triumph against Benfica in Turin, underlining the praise of everyone in the squad and the coaching staff, for the role they’ve played in the success of the team this season.
Speaking after his Sevilla side claimed Europa League victory in Turin, manager Unai Emery acknowledged the effort that opponents Benfica had made in the game, but was delighted with how his side held tight and eventually claimed their reward on penalties.
“Benfica have been deserving finalists and ourselves too. There were times when the the match was very even, we were expecting some chances, like the one for Bacca, but we had to be prepared for anything. but in the end they made the last push. You could see the tiredness and discomfort of the players, but this team has learned how to suffer, has learned to stay big and was prepared for this.”
Emery was also keen to make dedications for the victory…
“To my family, my friends, the coaching team… they deserve this for all their work and dedication. The team has stayed united through difficult times.”
Asked about the vital saves that Beto made throughout the game and most importantly, in the penalty shoot-out, Emery was keen to praise not only his keeper, but goalkeeping coach Javier García García, for his work too.
“Javi has done a great job with the goalkeepers and with Beto has been crucial. It’s the work of a lot of people.”