Espanyol taking nothing for granted in UEFA Cup
MADRID, April 27 (Reuters) - Espanyol coach Ernesto Valverde has said past experience means he is taking nothing for granted after his side's emphatic 3-0 win over Werder Bremen in the first leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final on Thursday.
Valverde was part of the Espanyol side that lost on penalties to Bayer Leverkusen in the 1988 UEFA Cup final after squandering a 3-0 first leg lead.
'My experience in Leverkusen has taught me to be prudent about these things,' Valverde told reporters after the match.
'I've been through this before in 1988 and I don't want another German team to come back from 3-0 down.
'All of us would have settled for this result before the game, but we mustn't forget the negative precedent and I know we will have to suffer a lot in Bremen.'
If Espanyol do finish the job against the much-fancied Germans they will meet another Spanish side in the final in Glasgow on May 16.
Osasuna have the edge over holders Sevilla after a 1-0 win at home to the Andalucians in Thursday's first leg.
But although they were outplayed for much of the match at the Reyno de Navarra, Sevilla are confident home advantage will help them turn the tables on their opponents.
'We started well, but they took control of the game and we never really had a look in after that even though we had a couple of chances at the end,' coach Juande Ramos told reporters.
'But the tie is still very open and although they are a goal up we have the benefit of playing the second leg at home.'