Corona expects tough clash

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:07

Corona expects tough clash

He has dismissed the suggestion their opponents could be feeling the effects of their 3-0 win at Fiorentina on Thursday which sealed their place in the Europa League final.
Almeria go into their penultimate game of the season just one above the relegation zone, needing a win to keep their fate in their own hands. But Corona is certain Sevilla, who have only lost once at their Sanchez Pizjuan home this season, will give them a rough ride.
“In the last few weeks they have been playing European games in the middle of the week and have rotated their side from Thursday to Sunday. They have a big squad and they have so many talented players that marry technical capacity with physical prowess,” he told a press conference.
However, the midfielder believes Almeria can give Sevilla a run for their money, as they are in desperate need of the points and because they have been studying Unai Emery’s side so closely.
“We believe in our capabilities and we have proven ourselves on other occasions this season at Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo and Malaga, and can do so again at Sevilla,” he said.
“We have two opportunities left and we have to focus 100 percent on the first one, which is Sunday’s game with Sevilla.
“We have been watching how Sevilla work in the last few days, we are working hard looking at how we can harm them and we have a lot of faith in ourselves. If you believe, you can perform above your usual level and get results that people don’t expect, and despite the difference between the two teams, we’re going there with a lot of faith. If we win we’ll have one and a half feet in the Primera Division next year, and we aren’t thinking about anything else, only on working towards the game.”
Almeria were handed a huge boost in midweek with the news that Spain’s Sporting Tribunal (TAD) has granted their appeal against a three-point deduction imposed by FIFA, although the decision must be ratified by the Court for Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 20 May.
Sergi Barjuan’s side are still without defenders Fran Velez and Michel Macedo, but full-back Mauro dos Santos returns from suspension. Sevilla meanwhile have no fresh injury concerns, while goalkeeper Beto remains a doubt.

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