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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 22:45 GMT 23:45 UK
Finalists relishing Hampden visit
Espanyol director of finance Albert Amat de Grandes and Sevilla chief executive Jose Cruz (right) meet at Hampden
Espanyol's Albert Amat de Grandes and Sevilla's Jose Cruz
Uefa Cup finalists Sevilla admit their fans are unlikely to make as big an impression on Glasgow as Celtic supporters did in their city.

But they insist Wednesday's all-Spanish Hampden Park final against Espanyol will pose no problems.

Sevilla director general Jose Maria Cruz Andres said: "I remember it was a very nice experience for the city of Seville to have the Celtic fans.

"I received a lot of calls from Scotland and England wanting tickets!"

Andres spoke fondly of the 2003 final, when up to 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to Seville before their side lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time.

"People in Seville - not only supporters but also the authorities - remember it was a very, very exciting experience," he said.

"Our supporters are not exactly the same type of supporters because we have no experience of playing in Europe before the last 10 years."
We can expect a big party in George Square on the night of the final

Uefa operations director Didier Andrist

But he added: "We are very comfortable our people will not create problems.

"We have good relations with Espanyol. Our supporters have not had any problems with them.

"We hope they will enjoy the city. We hope the city of Glasgow remembers our supporters as good supporters who did not create problems and enjoyed the city."

Holders Sevilla set up a final clash with Espanyol after sealing a 2-1 aggregate win over Osasuna on Thursday.

Espanyol defeated Werder Bremen 5-1 on aggregate.

Representatives of both clubs visited the Glasgow venue to discuss security arrangements with Uefa. Uefa operations director Didier Andrist is also confident there will be no trouble.

Sevilla fans mingled well with Middlesbrough supporters at last year's final, which they won 4-0 in the Netherlands.

"We have had great co-operation with the police and authorities from the first day of planning," said Andrist.

"We have had some excellent meetings with the police and we are confident about the security.

"The Sevilla fans in Eindhoven and in Monaco for the Super Cup were really good fans.

"They are coming more to party than to create trouble.

"We can expect a big party in George Square on the night of the final and maybe the night before."

SEE ALSO
Sevilla 2-0 Osasuna (agg 2-1)
03 May 07 |  Europe
W Bremen 1-2 Espanyol (agg 1-5)
03 May 07 |  Europe


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