Granada CF vs Sevilla preview - Emery impressed by Suarez impact

Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 by PA

Sevilla coach Unai Emery has hailed the impact of loan signing Denis Suarez ahead of Sunday's Primera Division derby at Granada.

The 21-year-old, on loan from Barcelona, struck a superb 20-yard volley in the final seconds as Sevilla came from behind to beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night.

It was Suarez's sixth goal of his Sevilla spell and Emery praised the contribution of the former Manchester City player, even though he has not been a regular starter for Los Rojiblancos in La Liga.

"The qualities of Denis have been very important for the team," Emery said after his side had secured a narrow advantage to take to Russia next week.

"Denis had the spark needed to break the lines and got the reward of a goal.

"He has done very well to find the goal and it is a very positive development."

Sevilla are fifth in the league after battling back from a two-goal deficit to hold leaders Barcelona to a 2-2 draw last weekend and victory over Zenit extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games.

Suarez felt his goal had been a long time coming but said he was excited by playing alongside Jose Antonio Reyes and Ever Banega in the Sevilla attack.

"I've been through a spell without scoring and I really wanted to," he was quoted as saying in the newspaper AS.

"The game was deadlocked, but I could see from the bench that there were spaces.

"I love playing with them (Reyes and Banega), I always do. We understand each other really well.

"Banega above all - he's a great player, I admired him when he was at Valencia."

Granada's hopes of surviving the drop suffered a serious blow last weekend when they slumped 3-0 away to fellow strugglers Almeria.

The defeat left Granada four points from safety with seven games to play and persuaded the club to issue an apology to the fans on their official website this week.

"We are aware of the situation we have caused ourselves," the club statement read.

"The team has not been at the level we all would have liked and unfortunately things have not gone as expected.

"All we can do is to apologise if you've suffered enough or in some games you've been disappointed.

"We are aware of this and we feel it greatly, but (staying up) is still not impossible and we will not give up because all is not yet lost and while there is life there is hope."

Granada trio Javi Marquez, Juan Cala and Ruben Perez are all available after recovering from injury but Colombian defender Jeison Murillo (knee) remains doubtful.

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