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      29.09.2015 19:38 - in: Champions League S

      Emery and Krychowiak: "Juve are dangerous"

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      Sevilla manager Unai Emery and midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak acknowledge the qualities of their hosts and opponents Juventus but come into Wednesday night’s tie full of confidence

      While Juve play in front of their own fans in a European tie for the first time this season tomorrow night, there will also be a homecoming of a different sort for Wednesday’s opponents Sevilla as the Blanquirrojos return to the site of their 2014 Europa League triumph over Benfica.

      Back at Juventus Stadium once more ahead of their top of the table Group D clash with the Bianconeri, Sevilla manager Unai Emery and midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak both spoke of their side’s confidence coming into their meeting with the Old Lady on the back of a morale-boosting win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.

      With a first victory of the domestic campaign under their belts, the duo added that the best is yet to come from the reigning Europa League champions. 

      Kicking off proceedings, Polish international Krychowiak began: “We’ve got plenty of confidence following our win over Rayo and we’re looking to translate that into a positive result tomorrow night.

      “We’ve got a new-look squad and naturally gelling together and producing our best will take a bit of time but physically we’ve come here in top condition and we’re looking forward to taking on what is a strong Juventus side.” 

      Blanquirrojos boss Emery echoed the sentiments of the 24-year old, underlining the belief instilled in his men following Saturday’s five-goal thriller while toasting the mentality and togetherness of his revamped side.

      “I believe strongly in the qualities of my players. We’re all pulling in the same direction at the moment and there’s an excellent mentality in our dressing room.

      "We’ll see where we finish come the end of the season but we’re a united group, we win and lose as a team and that’s our most important characteristic.”

      The ex-Valencia coach went on to say that although Sevilla’s last visit to Juventus Stadium in 2014 will live long in the memories of everyone associated with the club, now is the time to look ahead to new challenges and to relish their current campaign in Europe’s premier competition.

      “We had a fantastic experience in Turin last time out but now we’re in different circumstances. We’re here to enjoy the occasion and to make the most of the opportunity to play in the Champions League.

      "It’s a tournament that we want to stay in for as long as we can, not just this term but also in the years to come.”

      Rounding off his media duties, Emery turned his attentions to Wednesday evening’s test, underlining the strength of Massimiliano Allegri’s side despite their beginning to 2015/16 and looking ahead to what should be an engaging affair at Juventus Stadium.

      “It’s been a freak start for Juventus in the league but we saw their true qualities in Matchday 1 as they defeated a very strong and in-form Manchester City side in their own backyard. Tomorrow we're facing an excellent team both on an individual and collective level.

      “I’ll be picking the strongest XI I can and we’re all looking forward to the challenge that Juve will throw at us. I have every confidence that my players will perform to their best abilities tomorrow night on the big stage.”

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