Malaga vs Sevilla preview - Emery remaining positive



Posted Friday, January 31, 2014 by PA

A recent dip in form has not done anything to convince Sevilla manager Unai Emery that his side are on an upwards curve.

Sevilla have gone three Primera Division matches without a win but remain in seventh place ahead of their trip to Malaga on Saturday.

Their dip has left them five points shy of the European places but Emery is not pressing any panic buttons just yet,

"It is true that three very important points for our future in the league can put us in a more comfortable position," he told his club's official website.

"We are close, but we are still lacking something. But even after our latest setbacks the team is still going in the right direction.

"We now need to find a strength and make sure we take three points."

Emery knows, though, that despite the clash being against a Malaga side sitting just two points above the relegation zone, nothing can be taken for granted.

The two sides are derby rivals and Emery knows that changes everything.

"All teams are dangerous in their own stadium and we have to be prepared for it," he added.

"This is a derby and that should be an added bonus. We know their stadium and we know we can be positive for this clash.

"This is a rivalry with rich qualities and we will try and establish ourselves."

Malaga - without a win in four - have two new players to call upon.

Winger Nordin Amrabat has joined from Galatasaray, while striker Ezequiel Rescaldani arrives from Velez Sarsfield.

"I normally score between seven and 11 goals a season. I know we need to score goals and that's what I am here for," said Amrabat.

Sevilla are waiting on the fitness of goalkeeper Beto who has a calf problem. Javi Varas stands by.

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