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Palop: Sevilla treating Europa League seriously

Sevilla goalkeeper Andre Palop says they're taking the Europa League seriously.

Having finished fourth in the Primera Division last season, Sevilla had the chance to qualify for this season's Champions League but were surprisingly knocked out by Braga at the play-off stage.

The Andalusians have instead had to make do with a place in the Europa League a competition they have enjoyed considerable recent success in - winning its predecessor the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007.

"It's clear that we would all liked to have been in the Champions League, but a player wants to win whichever competition they are taking part in," said Sevilla captain Andres Palop, who was part of those successful UEFA Cup teams.

"We are going into the game with the same desire as if it was the Champions League. There is no difference in facing a team in the Europa League than in the Champions League."

Regarding the possibility of Sevilla winning the tournament for the third time in six years, the veteran goalkeeper said: "We are looking day by day. We are among the favourites to be up there but it's a long way off and and we need to fight well to get through this group, which is the strongest in the Europa League.

"If we qualify we have to take it game by game with the hope of reaching the final.

"This title is not going to be easy to achieve. I'm taking this as seriously as if it was the Champions League."

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