The club captain revealed that the tournament win was in memory of the two deceased players
Jesus Navas said Sevilla’s Europa League title win is in memory of former club stars Jose Antonio Reyes and Antonio Puerta as the La Liga team win the competition for a sixth time against Inter Milan in a 3-way win. -2.
The Spaniards lost a goal thanks to an opening penalty from Romelu Lukaku, with a brace from Luuk de Jong establishing a short-lived lead before Diego Godin’s header saw the match enter the break with two goals each. .
Midfielder Diego Carlos scored victory for Sevilla in the 74th minute, as La Liga created the most chances despite conceding more possession to their Italian opponent.
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Sevilla’s post-match celebrations saw players don jerseys in honor of the passing of former players Reyes and Puerta.
Puerta – who died of cardiac arrest in 2007 – played the club’s first two UEFA Cup / Europa League triumphs in 2005-06 and 2006-07, while Reyes – who died in a car accident last year – was a member of the squad. who won the same competition three times between 2013-16.
“It’s the most special day to be able to take the captain’s cup, with my Sevilla,” Navas told Movistar.
“It’s for all the people who are no longer with us, for Puerta, Reyes … my godfather who died. We are all captains here.”
Navas explained how proud he is of the team’s achievements and said he believes fans could be excited about the club’s potential rise in the future.
“This group deserves it, we’ve been fighting all year,” he said. “They worked day after day on the problems that arose. And with all the fans who deserve it. Golden State killer Joseph DeAngelo
“The fans can be proud with us, today and tomorrow they will appreciate it. And Sevilla are growing every day.”
Sevilla’s road to Europa League glory included victories over Manchester United in the semi-finals, over the wolves in the quarter-finals and over Roma in the 16th leg.
De Jong, who scored the winning goal against the Red Devils, felt his team showed great strength to win the tournament despite some tough matches to overcome.
“It’s incredible,” De Jong told BT Sport. “We have had tough games throughout the tournament, but we played so well as a team.
“We were like a family, we worked together. It didn’t matter who came in. It was difficult. We started well but they scored with nothing. Two goals, an incredible feeling for me.”