Sevilla boss Emery optimistic despite Porto defeat

The Rojiblancos suffered a 1-0 defeat in Portugal, with Eliaquim Mangala scoring the only goal of the game, but their 42-year-old trainer says all is not lost
Unai Emery remains optimistic about Sevilla's chances of progressing to the semi-finals of the Europa League in spite of Thursday's defeat at Porto.

Eliaquim Mangala scored the only goal of the game at the Estadio do Dragao to make the Portuguese side favourites to reach the last four.

However, Emery says he saw enough in the first leg to convince him that Sevilla have every chance of turning the quarter-final tie around at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

"We are optimistic we can do better and the tie is still open going into the return," the Rojiblancos boss told GoIT.

"We knew the importance of standing firm, particularly early, and I thought we did well in that regard. Other than the goal, they did not cause us much danger.

"Right now we're at a disadvantage, but we have to feel more confident [at home] and find our best form.

"Moreover, we will have the fans with us."