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Sevilla out to retain UEFA Cup


Sanjeeb Mukherjea,CNN-IBN
Jun 07, 2007 at 06:31pm IST

New Delhi: Hampden Park in Glasgow usually sees top-flight Scottish football. Wednesday night, though, will be a bit different as Spanish clubs Sevilla and Espanyol will slug it out for the UEFA Cup final.

Familiarity usually breeds contempt, but Sevilla and Espanyol have found mutual respect for each other as they prepare to face-off in the All-Spanish UEFA Cup final in Glasgow on Wednesday.

After enduring a nerve-wracking fight to stave off relegation, Espanyol are upbeat about their chances. And coach Ernesto Valverde knows how important a title win could be for his side.

"In a final we all start at zero zero and then we take it from there - anything can happen," says Espanyol coach Ernesto Valverde.

Sevilla will be looking to be the first club in 21 years to defend their UEFA Cup title successfully. And in Frederic Kanoute, they have a striker who can find the net anywhere, against anyone.

"Kanoute is ready for the team. We have seen how well he has played to help us make it to the final," says Sevilla captain Javi Navarro.

If hard-tackling and great ball-play is what you like, then the UEFA Cup final is just the match for you.

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