Real Betis 0 - 0 Lyon

Match info: Europa League - Group I at Benito Villamarin

Date: 19/09/2013 KO: 20:05 Ref: S Johannesson Att: 22,463

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  • Last Updated: September 18 2013, 12:22 BST

Salva Sevilla has warned Lyon that Real Betis will not make any compromises in the Europa League as they chase success on multiple fronts.

Salva Sevilla: Keen on a good run in Europe
Salva Sevilla: Keen on a good run in Europe

The Andalusian club, who host Thursday's game at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, earned a place in Group I - also contested by Guimaraes and Rijeka - by finishing seventh in the Primera Division before brushing Jablonec aside in the play-offs.

Betis have made a slow start to the new domestic campaign, however, and Sunday night's 3-1 victory over Valencia was their first in three attempts.

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Midfielder Salva's brace proved the difference against Los Che and he is optimistic coach Pepe Mel will keep faith with him and a winning line-up.

He told his club's official website: "We are really looking forward to this competition. For almost all of the players it is a new experience. We hope we can enjoy ourselves as much as possible.

"We are ambitious and we want to go as far as possible - we will not compromise.

"Every year we have hit our targets and this year we want to go a long way in every competition."

If Mel does make a change then he is likely to start Congolese striker Cedric Mabwati at the expense of Alvaro Vadillo.

"Our style of play doesn't depend on the opposition," Salva added.

"We always want to press, keep hold of the ball and play as high up the pitch as possible.

"We won't change much, our players are playing well... but we have to be prepared for whatever the coach decides."

Betis have never met Lyon in European competition but have won three games against French opposition - Monaco, Auxerre and Bordeaux - on home turf.

Lyon, meanwhile, are still smarting after Real Sociedad edged a two-legged play-off to reach the Champions League group stages.

Les Gones coach Remi Garde should start Bafetimbi Gomis alongside Jimmy Briand in attack but inside forward Alexandre Lacazette is also pushing to be involved.

Gomis is finally back in the team after spending his summer negotiating a move to Barclays Premier League side Newcastle, which ultimately fell through.

President Jean-Michel Aulas told www.olweb.fr: "I firmly trust in this group and in Remi's management, and therefore I believe we have a bright future.

"There is a lot of quality in the group which comprises 10 international players and 15 from our own academy.

"That mixture is satisfying and gives us a lot of hope. I'm not afraid of the future."


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