Sevilla not ready to take it easy

05 November 2009 05:51
Sevilla have promised not to take the foot off the gas in Champions League Group G now that they have qualified for the knockout stages.Rangers sit bottom of the group and need the Spanish side to defeat Unirea Urziceni to retain their outside hopes of qualifying themselves. [LNB]Goalkeeper Javi Varas said: "The important thing is the qualification. [LNB]"We have taken a big step and now what we cannot do is relax because we want to be first in the group." [LNB]Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez, whose side face Rangers in the final round of games, dismissed suggestions that they took it easy against Stuttgart during their 1-1 draw in Spain. [LNB]Although Sevilla ultimately booked their place in the last 16 with that result, they were indebted to an 88th-minute equaliser for Unirea against Rangers to guarantee themselves a top-two finish. [LNB]Winger Jesus Navas, who was captaining Sevilla in the absence of a number of senior players, put his side ahead in the 14th minute.[LNB] Rangers did better than they did in the first game, they created chances and played some good football. But Unirea were the better team Unirea Urziceni coach Dan Petrescu But Stuttgart battled back and created a number of chances, including hitting the crossbar through Pavel Pogrebnyak, before deservedly drawing level 11 minutes from time through Zdravko Kuzmanovic's partially-deflected 25-yard thunderbolt. [LNB]Stuttgart might even have stolen a winner, but Julian Schieber sent an acrobatic volley inches wide as Sevilla rode their luck late on. [LNB]Jimenez pointed to the injury to substitute Aldo Duscher, who limped off with 15 minutes to go with Sevilla having used all three of their substitutes, as a big reason why they surrendered their 100% record in Group G and not because his side had taken their foot off the pedal and were walking rather than running. [LNB]"At Sevilla, nobody walks," he said. "We had a pretty good first half against a magnificent team. [LNB]"The game was developing how we wanted and all of Stuttgart's domination arrived after the injury to Duscher. [LNB]"There's nothing to reproach the team for. They had a great first half and have suffered when we were left with 10 men against a good team like Stuttgart. [LNB]"But, until Duscher was injured, the game was in our favour." [LNB]Rangers - bottom of the group and a point behind Stuttgart and three adrift of Unirea - now need a victory over the Germans and must rely on the Romanians failing to win either of their two remaining games to have a chance of qualifying in second place. [LNB]The Glasgow side might need to win both their games - their final match is away to Sevilla - to even clinch a Europa League place by finishing third. [LNB]Unirea coach Dan Petrescu was not ruling Rangers out of the equation just yet. [LNB]"They need at least four points, but I think six would be better for them," he said. [LNB]Petrescu was unhappy at not taking all three points from a match he claims his side deserved to win. [LNB]"It was a good game and it was a better game than the first one in Glasgow," he said of his side's surprise 4-1 win in Scotland. [LNB]"In that game, we had four chances and scored four goals. [LNB]"Here we created chances and their keeper made a lot of saves. I don't think the result was correct. [LNB]"Rangers did better than they did in the first game, they created chances and played some good football. But Unirea were the better team."

Source: BBC_Sport