Soria: Sevilla and Liverpool on same level

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David Soria expects an evenly matched Europa League final, saying that Sevilla can now compete with teams that regularly perform well on the European stage.

The Rojiblancos goalkeeper feels that his team’s extraordinary performances in the Europa League recently – this will be their third consecutive final, having won the competition in 2014 and 2015 – puts them on par with Liverpool, a club with a more prestigious European legacy.

“The final will be really even, 50 percent for each team,” Soria told Goal. “Liverpool are a big team and in European competitions, they always play well and win titles.

“But I think Sevilla are at the same level now. We want to enjoy this final but we will go out to beat them.

“We suffered to get to here, but that’s normal. We played against top teams like Shakhtar and Athletic [Bilbao]. If you don’t suffer in these type of matches, though, when will you suffer?

“We’re really hopeful. We have a special relationship with this competition and we will give our all to try to win.”

Soria, who has been used exclusively in the Europa League by Unai Emery, still has to become a first-team regular, although the 23-year-old doesn’t feel it affects his or the coach’s confidence in him.

“The coach has always been relaxed and has shown confidence in me, and I have been able to achieve a good level,” he added.

“Everything is going well for me, we will play a final and I want to enjoy this match.”