Football: Final fever in UEFA Europa League
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
TURIN, Italy - Portuguese giants Benfica and Spanish team Sevilla will meet in UEFA Europa League final to be played at Juventus Stadium in Turin at 20:45 CET on Wednesday.
Both teams made their last training session in the venue of the final.
UEFA Europa League's runners-up of the last season, Benfica may lack midfield regulars Argentine Enzo Perez and his fellow citizen Eduardo Salvio who cannot play due to their suspensions as well as their Serbian wing forward Lazar Markovic who cannot play due to his suspension.
In Sevilla, injured Uruguayan central midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo is ineligible for the game whilst it is still uncertain if Spanish left midfielder Vitolo can play because of his hamstring injury.
Portuguese giants' coach Jorge Jesus, with the aim of encouraging his team, said "there is no pressure on us" despite the fact that Benfica has lost the European challenges seven times in the past, the most recent being last May against Chelsea. However, he said that they were a powerful and successful team that could still win the trophy.
Meanwhile, Sevilla's coach Unai Emery remarked that the odds-on favorites of the tournament were Juventus but Benfica eliminated them.
The referee of the final will be Felix Brych from Germany and he will be assisted by two fellow linesmen Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp.
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