Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas is refusing to give up hope of his club stealing a Champions League spot from La Liga rivals Villarreal.
Villarreal occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot on the Spanish table with 54 points, eight more than Sevilla in fifth place.
With just seven games to go it would seem Sevilla’s chances are all but shot, even more so given their mixed form of late.
Sevilla have won two of their past five league games and still face a visit from Real Madrid and potentially tricky trips to Espanyol and Osasuna.
But Varas believes the club can still engineer a miracle – beginning with their trip to relegation-threatened Getafe on Saturday.
“I think that the team are able to win the remaining seven games,” Varas said.
“If we win them all, then Villarreal will have slipped up. We need them to slip up a further two times.”
“There is still a long way to go. We have to win at Getafe and then we face a situation that isn’t in our hands. We don’t know what Villarreal will do – only ourselves.”
Sevilla scraped into the Champions League by one point last season only to fall to Portuguese runners-up Braga in the playoff round.
The club made it through the group stages of the Europa League but were bundled out by another Portuguese club, Porto, in the round of 32.
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