Nolito admits Sevilla progress but calls for focus

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SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 25: Manuel Agudo 'Nolito' of Sevilla CF celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Sevilla CF and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 25, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Sevilla striker Nolito earned all the plaudits following his team’s 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the San Mamés.

Nolito was key in the win against Athletic Club, scoring the opener and assisting the other two. The makeshift striker, who spoke to the club’s media in Bilbao on Friday, is already focused on Sunday’s league match

“I’m happy to play and that we won. It’s just what I needed and I’m really pleased. I haven’t read the press in years, for better or worse, but we have to keep going because last night’s match is now in the past.”

Everything went Sevilla’s way to leave the tie in their hands, although Nolito wasn’t so sure: ‘At the end of the day sometimes the ball goes in and other times you miss by inches.

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“We put in a good performance, we’ve made a small step towards the quarter-finals and I’m really pleased with my own performance. Let’s not get complacent though, Athletic are a tough team and when they come to Sevilla they won’t gift us the game.”

Furthermore, the striker highlighted the team’s strength: “My teammates are great people, really good guys. We’re a team and at the end of the day, we spend more days together than with our some of our family members. We need to have this care for each other and I’m really happy with how I get on with them.”