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Wolves fans 'confident' over beating Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals - with PICTURES

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Wolves | Published:

Wolves fans say they are confident their club can overcome the odds to beat Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals tonight.

Nuno's men will come up against the La Liga side which have won the European trophy five-times for a place in the semi-finals.

A win will see the Premier League side one step closer to achieving European football next year in the Champions League if they claim the title.

But a loss will see them not playing European football next season after they finished in seventh place in the Premier League – with Arsenal claiming the FA Cup.

Friends Mick Sullivan, Mark Jones and Mark Walker – from Bradmore, Finchfield and Willenhall – said they were quietly confident, but stressed it would be a difficult match.

"I hope they'll be able to do it and I'm sure they will, but it's a really tough game. But they're only three games from the title now," Mick said.

Kully Basudev, from Blakenhall, said: "I've seen the line-up and I'm a bit nervous. Traore up front is a big gamble, but they say nothing ventured nothing gained."

Dan Williams and Sean Phillips, who both wore Wolves shirts to watch the match at Jacks Cafe and Bar in Wolverhampton, said they were confident the players could pull through.

Mr Williams said: "I think we can, absolutely, we'll keep it tight in the first half and then we'll strike."

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Mr Phillips added: "It's a tough game, but they say dreaming is for free and I'm sure we can do it."

But they were disheartened by the fact they were unable to see the match in person due to coronavirus restrictions put in place.

Josh Rogers, from Wombourne, and Billy Padmore from Parkfields, said they were hopeful of a good result against the Spanish side.

The team started their Europa League journey on July 25 at Molineux last year and saw them battle through three rounds of qualifiers, then the group stages and onto the knockouts – along with a testing fight against Olympiacos.

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And the Premier League side will take on the challenge without Jonny Castro Otto who suffered an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in the last last-16 win over the Greek side.

And the club is also without Daniel Podence through suspension – with midfielder Ruben Neves issuing a rallying call to the team to win on Jonny's behalf.

The Sevilla side – who was won the title more than anybody else – finished fourth in La Liga this season, level on points with third-placed Atletico Madrid.

Wolves' Nuno Espírito Santo said in the lead up to the match he was "very, very proud" of his players over the long journey.

He said: "It’s been a long journey – and not only this season. It started three years ago in the Championship, with basically the same group of players.

"It was about building a team and trying to create an identity. That is one of the most precious things that you can have in football, to have an identity.

"I’m very, very proud. I'm proud of the way we have done things."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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