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The former Che boss is buoyed by the fact that the all-Spanish semi-final ensures that the country will have a team at Juventus Stadium on May 14

Sevilla coach Unai Emery insists that he is happy to have drawn former club Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals as it guarantees La Liga a representative in next month's tournament decider in Turin.

Some Spanish pundits had been hoping that the two sides would be kept apart but the Rojiblancos and Los Che must now go head to head, with Italian champions Juventus having been paired with Portuguese outfit Benfica.

However, Emery, who spent four years at Valencia before a short spell at Spartak Moscow, feels that it is a great draw for La Liga and is also downplaying the significance of the fact that Sevilla will have to travel to Mestalla for the second leg of their semi-final showdown.

"They are nuances [to playing away], but it is best to accept it and, as we accept, it we are better prepared," the 42-year-old coach told reporters on Friday.

"We are satisfied, we believe that it is a very nice tie that excites everyone, and that will lead to a Spanish team being in the final.

"That is good for national football. We want to do something important. It's an attractive tie. We know them very well and have competed against them this season.

"They are a very balanced rival in every sense and I think it's going to be big, both for Sevilla and Valencia, and nationally."

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