Saviola eyes Boro scalp
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sevilla star Javier Saviola is desperate for Uefa Cup glory against Middlesbrough.
Saviola is not underestimating the threat of the English side, but he is looking to seal victory for his homeland Argentina.
"For an Argentinian, victory over an English club is always sensational," he said.
"Many people in my country are now fans of Sevilla for this reason alone.
"I want to bring joy to my friends. Boro are a challenging team to play, as the last two rounds have shown.
"They have demonstrated that they are dangerous until the 90th minute and they have experienced players like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mark Viduka, Fabio Rochemback, Yakubu and Ray Parlour, so although it is their first final, they are not rookies in the world of football."
Former West Brom star Enzo Maresca is also likely to feature and is looking forward to facing English opposition again.
"English football is physically stronger, and in Spain it is technically superior," said the 26-year-old.
"We'll see a clash of styles in the final. We'll be the technical side and they'll be the physical one.
"One of the things I really loved about English football is the never-say-die spirit. That explains those Middlesbrough comebacks (against Basel and Steaua Bucharest)."