Valencia's Pablo Hernandez looking for Copa Del Rey progression against Sevilla

Unai Emery's men have been drawn against the Andalusians in the last 16 of the cup competition, and the winger is eyeing success to progress into the quarter-finals

Valencia midfielder Pablo Hernandez has stated that he is keen to beat Sevilla in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, who he sees as a serious competitor in the tournament.

The Mestalla outfit prepare to face the Andalusian side in the two-legged fixture upon the resumtpion of Spanish football after the winter break, and the winger knows that it will be a tough test.

"It is a difficult tie against a strong opponent," the 26-year-old told the club's official website.

"Beating them would take a strong side out of the competition, so we hope to get through.   

"The sides of the draw have come out like this and we know that to win this competition you have to beat the big sides.

"We have to take things game-by-game. Our main aim is to get a good result at the Mestalla against Sevilla in order to make the away leg easier. We will see what happens if we get through.

"No-one except Real Madrid or Barcelona can say that they are favourites in competitions, but if we give our all then we have a chance.

"We are going to fight with all that we have. Winning in Spain with those two sides in front of you is difficult, but you can't lose hope. We can beat them if we are at our best and we will do everything possible to do so - our club, players and fans deserve it," the Spaniard concluded.

The first leg of the tie kicks off on January 5 at the Mestalla.