Sevilla Aiming to Win Over Barcelona-Mad Tbilisi Crowd

At tonight's eagerly anticipated UEFA Super Cup match at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Barcelona will enjoy the vast majority of the local support but that doesn't bother Sevilla full-back Coke.

"We have played in this type of situation before and thrived on it, hopefully by the 50th minute they will all be cheering for us," said the Spaniard.

Coke played in last year's Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in Cardiff, Wales and is hoping to make amends for a lost opportunity a year ago.

"Last year was disappointing but it was a fair result, a fair defeat. This year, let's hope we can earn a fair win," he added.

With some big name departures from the club in the summer including Alexix Vidal and Carlos Bacca, Sevilla may call on the versatility of Coke as head coach Unai Emery slowly ascertains his best eleven.

"If the coach wants me to play midfield, I will play there. If I need to go in goals, I'll put the gloves on. I'll play anywhere, especially with a big cup at stake," joked the full-back.

Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes, once of Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid, claimed his side had a "50/50 chance" of victory.

"Last year was a different final and it got away from us. This time we want to play a good match and we have come here to win," noted Reyes who is in his second spell for the club.

Head coach Emery, though full of praise for their opponents, claimed he had foreseen a way to defeat Barcelona.

"The way they are managed, means that even when a great player like Neymar is unavailable, they can bring in Pedro who is also great. They are an excellent team, but we also have strengths that can be used to beat our rival. I have a vision of how we can win the game," claimed Emery who is hoping to claim the first Super Cup of his managerial career.

Alastair Watt

11 August 2015 12:21