Unai Emery hoping Sevilla can return to winning ways against Fiorentina after Real Madrid ended his side's 35-match unbeaten home run

  • Sevilla face Europa League semi-final clash against Fiorentina
  • Unai Emery's side were beaten 3-2 by Real Madrid on Saturday  
  • Madrid's victory ended Sevilla's 35-match unbeaten run
  • Emery admits his side are 'saddened' to have lost at home 

Sevilla are targeting an immediate return to winning ways at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium when they host Fiorentina in Thursday's Europa League match.

The two sides meet in the first leg of their semi-final in Spain with the cup holders having seen their 35-match unbeaten home run ended in Saturday's 3-2 Primera Division defeat to Real Madrid.

'We are saddened to have lost at home,' Sevilla coach Unai Emery said to the Spanish media. 'But I'm proud of the work done by my players.

Sevilla coach Unai Emery is hoping his side can overcome Fiorentina on Thursday 

Sevilla coach Unai Emery is hoping his side can overcome Fiorentina on Thursday 

Emery puts his side through their paces ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday

Emery puts his side through their paces ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday

'We made Real suffer and we could have even taken a draw.'

The defeat dropped Sevilla to fifth position in the La Liga standings, three points adrift of Valencia, who hold the last Champions League qualifying place.

'Our options in both La Liga and Europe remain intact,' Emery said.

Sevilla beat Villarreal 5-2 in the last 16 and won 4-3 on aggregate against Zenit St Petersburg in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Retaining the Europa League title will see Sevilla win the competition for a record fourth time, although overcoming Fiorentina will be a huge task.

Sevilla's midfielder Vicente Iborra (centre) controls the ball during the Wednesday morning session

Sevilla's midfielder Vicente Iborra (centre) controls the ball during the Wednesday morning session

Sevilla have won their last seven European home games but have never beaten an Italian side in four previous attempts.

Moreover, Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last 12 European away games.

'It's going to be a very difficult tie,' Sevilla defender Alex Vidal said. 'Fiorentina are fifth in Serie A and have done well in Europe.'

Fiorentina overcame Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Kiev en route to the last four.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Sevilla to end their 35-match unbeaten home run

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Sevilla to end their 35-match unbeaten home run

The Viola, coached by Vincenzo Montella, halted a four-match losing streak in Serie A with Sunday's 3-1 triumph over Cesena.

No Fiorentina player will be more motivated to win at Sevilla than Spanish winger Joaquin.

A youth product of Sevilla's city rivals Betis, Joaquin played six years in the Beticos' first team.

'It's a special game for me,' Joaquin said. 'My friends from Betis have asked me to beat Sevilla.

The Sevilla players looked in a relaxed mood as they trained at the Ciudad Deportiva Jose Ramon Cisneros

The Sevilla players looked in a relaxed mood as they trained at the Ciudad Deportiva Jose Ramon Cisneros

'The only one that will have mixed emotions will be my father, who is a Sevilla fan but I'm sure he would like for me to reach the final.'

Sevilla expect to recover Portuguese goalkeeper Beto, who is struggling with a shoulder injury while midfielder Gregory Krychowiak will wear a protective mask after suffering a nose fracture against Real.

Vidal will replace injured Sevilla defender Nico Pareja, who underwent knee surgery this week.

 

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