Sevilla underdogs against Porto, insists Rafa Paz

The Rojiblancos icon feels his former team have been dealt a tough draw, while tipping Juventus as the favourites to win the Euriopa League
By Gonzalo Ruiz and Francisco Rico

Former Spain international Rafa Paz believes Sevilla face a tough task to eliminate Porto in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Paz, who made over 300 official appearances for Sevilla between 1984 and 1997, feels the Portuguese giants are one of the favourites to win the competition, although he has insisted that the Liga outfit have plenty to offer, too.

"I did not see Sevilla as the favourites against Betis and I do not see them as the favourites against Porto," Rafa Paz told Goal.

"Porto are a big name in Europe and are used to playing these kinds of games. It will be a very tough tie for Sevilla, but there are no easy games at this stage.

"Sevilla have a great squad, though. They have more than 12 or 13 good players. They can still play at a high level even if they are without [ Ivan] Rakitic."

The 48-year-old then went on to back Serie A champions Juventus as the favourites to win the Europa League.

"Juventus are the biggest team left in the competition, but even they can be the victim of a surprise as there's so many good teams left," he added.

"Juventus and Porto are the two favourites for me, but Porto will have to deal with Sevilla first."

Juventus meet Olympique Lyonnais in the quarter-finals.