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Emery: “We Love This Competition”

emery-sevillaSevilla boss Unai Emery was all smiles as he celebrated a third successive UEFA Europa League triumph, pinpointing the fans, Coke and a half-time reassessment.

We love this competition. It’s our competition. Liverpool were on top in the first half and logically they could have beat us. But the opposite was also true. We felt a lot more confident after our first goal. At half-time we tried to reorganise our heads a little. The team took a step forward after that and then it was open season. We needed to be ourselves.

Our real success is what we have done on the way here. We’ve enjoyed this year in Europe and now we’re enjoying being champions again. These moments are unique. We have to enjoy this moment while thinking about the Copa del Rey final on Sunday, but we have to enjoy this moment because the team deserve it.

We had to do something at half-time. Liverpool are a great team and settled quickly. We needed to have faith in ourselves. We needed to feel like we do in our own stadiums. The fans were absolutely amazing. They gave their all and with that we feel protected. Antonio Puerta was with us, too. Before the game we said we had to win it for them.

Coke can do anything. If he played as forward, he would score. I have more faith in him than he does in himself.