Emery: We must be well prepared for Bale

The Sevilla boss insists his side must be ready to deal with the Welshman and his team-mates but feels they are ready for the challenge

Unai Emery has admitted Sevilla will have to make a “triple effort” to stop Gareth Bale when his side face Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday.

The Welshman signed for the Spanish giants last season and went on to score 22 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions as Madrid clinched the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

That tally included a brace in a 7-3 mauling of Sevilla in October and with Bale returning to his hometown of Cardiff for Tuesday’s game, Emery highlighted the dangers of playing against someone of the 25-year-old’s calibre.

“When there is a player like him on the pitch, if he is in your team you are more relaxed,” he said in a press conference.

“If you face him you have to make a double or triple effort to stop him. You have to prepare well before the game, just to know where he is going to be.

“During the game, you have to try to defend against him individually and with plenty of help. We hope to be successful defending Gareth Bale, not forgetting the others who are as good as him.”

Sevilla earned their place in the showpiece thanks to a penalty-shootout win over Benfica in the Europa League final in May and Emery underlined their desire to enjoy the occasion.

“We come here happy, but also knowing that this game is going to be totally different to the rest of the pre-season,” he added.

“Facing Real Madrid will be the biggest challenge for us. I think we are absolutely ready, basically, in terms of mentality. We have our guns and if we develop them we can beat Real Madrid.

“We are now in a final, but it’s still pre-season. There are players who haven’t trained a lot, so we have to enjoy the game. It’s a prize to play this final, we’ve deserved it and we are full of excitement.”

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