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The mayor believes his side can beat Sevilla and advance to the final...

The mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna, has responded to claims made by Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido yesterday, by saying that he believes the visitors to San Mames will choke trying to eat his side this evening.

Del Nido declared to the press that his Andalucian team would eat 'the lions' (nickname for Athletic Bilbao) when they meet in the Copa Del Rey and that they would be going all out to beat them.

However, Azkuna told Radio Marca that whilst he knows the "president has to encourage his team" he believes they will "choke on the hairs of the lion".

The mayor also spoke about the current weather conditions in Bilbao, which look set to make it a tricky and hard fought contest.

Much like the first-leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where the pitch was covered in water, it is expected to be wet and cold this evening.

Azkuna predicted that it will be a hard fought game but believes that his side will find their way to the final.

The game takes place at 20:00 CET this evening and Athletic have recalled plenty of first-team players after their defeat to Sevilla at the weekend.

Fernando Llorente will start up front for the home side and Gorka Iraizoz should return between the sticks too.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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