Wolverhampton boss Nuno Espirito Santo knows his side have a massive task against five-time Europa League winners FC Sevilla in Tuesday’s quarter-final in Germany.
Premier League club Wolverhampton have enjoyed a rapid rise over the past three seasons under Nuno, from Championship to European contenders, but beating seasoned continental club Sevilla is a tough order.
Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League this season to narrowly miss out on automatic European qualification while Sevilla were fourth in La Liga to book their spot in the UEFA Champions League in 2020-21.
“They’re a very good team and a tough opponent,” Nuno said.
“Good players, a good manager, big, big challenge for us tomorrow. Enjoyable or not, I cannot guess, but we are committed to it, so let’s play it and let’s play good.
“I think all the teams involved in this competition know each other very well.
“Sevilla are a very good team, we’ve been analysing and we know of their talent and quality, and the quality of Lopetegui, who I know personally.
“It’s going to be a very tough match tomorrow.”
Wolves will be without Spanish full-back Jonny in a blow to their hopes after he suffered a serious knee injury against Olympiacos last week, while Sevilla have form on their side, unbeaten in all competitions since the start of February.
“It’s a tough moment for everybody,” Nuno said.
“Jonny’s an amazing and important player for us. He’s been with us some time now, he’s a fantastic boy - a truly important member of the team.
“We wish him all the best and we know that he’s going to be outside, but his spirits going to be here with us.”
Shakhtar Donetsk takes on FC Basel in the other quarter-final on Tuesday.