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Friday 9 December 2016

Sevilla to use inside track on outsiders Dnipro

Europa League Final: Sevilla v Dnipro (KO 7.45pm; live 3e, ITV 4)

Sevilla's Jose Antonio Reyes during training
Reuters / Carl Recine
Sevilla's Jose Antonio Reyes during training Reuters / Carl Recine

Sevilla coach Unai Emery has been picking the brains of Juande Ramos as he tries to plot the downfall of Ukrainian outsiders Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in tonight’s Europa League final.

Ramos coached Sevilla for two years from 2005, winning the old UEFA Cup twice, before an itinerant managerial career took him to Dnipro where he worked until last year.

Emery, who guided Sevilla to Europa League success last season, is renowned for his meticulous preparation and has not missed the opportunity to quiz Ramos as well as two of his former assistants.

“We have very broadly analysed and studied Dnipro, we have compiled information and data from Juande Ramos and Marcos Alvarez and (Juan Ramon) Muniz because we want to have a very close view of the team, we want to study them in detail,” Emery said at Warsaw’s National Stadium.

“All of these three people have worked at this club, at Dnipro.”

Sevilla could lift the trophy for a record fourth time, no mean feat considering all their successes have come since 2006. They will be clear favourites against Dnipro who are defensively well-organised but no match in attacking terms for Emery’s free-scoring side.

West Ham’s new manager will have Europa League football to contend with after the club announced they have qualified through the fair play league.

Just days after the end of the season and news that Sam Allardyce is leaving, the Hammers have confirmed they have secured European qualification for the first time since the 2006/07 season.

West Ham will find out their opponents when the draw is made for the first and second qualifying rounds on June 22.

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