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Machín: Sevilla will be going for victory against Athletic

Machín: Sevilla will be going for victory against Athletic

Sevilla manager Pablo Machín will not let his guard down against Athletic Bilbao in the return leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie.

Los Rojiblancos secured a 3-1 win in the first leg last week at the San Mamés after goals from Nolito, André Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder.

The result has put Sevilla in a commanding position ahead of Wednesday’s second leg at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to seal a quarter-final spot.

However, given that they had lost to Athletic last Sunday 2-0 in LaLiga, Machín will not be taking the visitors lightly in what will be their third clash in the space of six days.

“You always have to try and be a competitive team and go for the win in every match, even in cases like this one where the score is already in our favour,” said Machin in a press conference.

“The only way to compete well is to think we have to win the game. We lost in the league, we weren’t as good as we were in the cup, but we also have to give the opponent credit.

“Athletic improved and in the league they were as clinical as we were on Thursday. I’m not unhappy with the performance, but I accept we were far from winning it.

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“We’ll look at and change some things so other players get into a good rhythm and show they’re ready to play.”

After making his Sevilla debut in an 11-minute cameo last weekend, Munir El Haddadi could be in line for his first start after completing his transfer from Barcelona last week.

Despite Machín admitting he wasn’t at his best last weekend due to a lack of regular action, Sergio Escudero could be handed another start for Sevilla against Athletic.

Meanwhile, Dutch winger Quincy Promes is set to return to the line-up after being benched last time out with Jesus Navas also in contention to play.

The Sevilla and Athletic match will begin at 19:30 (UK time) on Wednesday evening.