Iborra: Sevilla can surprise favourites Benfica

EXCLUSIVE: The midfielder says his side will be the underdogs in Turin on Wednesday but remains adamant that the Rojiblancos can get the better of the Portuguese champions

Benfica are the favourites to win the Uefa Europa League, according to Sevilla's Vicente Iborra, but the midfielder has told Goal that his side will do everything they can to upset the Eagles.

Wednesday's final in Turin will be the pinnacle of the 26-year-old's debut season with the Rojiblancos, following his summer switch from Levante, but while he admits that Unai Emery's men are not being heavily backed to win the trophy, Iborra is convinced that his side can surprise the Portuguese champions.

"Any final opponent is always difficult," Iborra told Goal. "But they are a team who have won their league and could finish with four titles this year, and they will make it very tough for us.

"They have a great history and were in the Champions League this season, but will we do our best to surprise them.

"We are thrilled to be in the final. We know it's a special competition for this club and this city, and this is a big moment for the players who have come here in the hope of repeating our recent successes."

One of those triumphs was the astounding injury-time away-goals victory in the semi-final against Valencia, and Iborra says that he will remember Stephane Mbia's late, late strike at Mestalla for a long time.

"It was a moment of ecstasy; we went from nothing to everything," he explained. "In that second there were many joys and many feelings unleashed. Football smiled on us."

Iborra himself has been in and out of Emery's starting line-up this season and he admits that he is desperate to take the field at the Juventus Stadium.

"I'd give anything to play. It is what we work for every day and hopefully I will be lucky enough to play and help however I can to win the trophy."

Sevilla are expected to be backed by around 8,000 travelling supporters in a capacity crowd, and the midfielder is keen to repay them with a memorable victory.

"We know that the fans will not fail us. They should trust the team, enjoy it and live it. Hopefully we will have that bit of luck and we can bring back the title."

The Uefa Europa League final kicks off at 20:45CET on Wednesday at Juventus Stadium.