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Benfica will keep focus in their bid for Europa League history

By Robert Jones

Benfica may be halfway towards claiming an historic quadruple but coach Jorge Jesus insists there will be no favourites when his charges cross swords with Sevilla in tonight's Europa League final.

The Lisbon club have already wrapped up this season's Portuguese Liga and League Cup titles but still greater glory awaits, with the unprecedented achievement of four major honours very much a realistic prospect.

They play Rio Ave in the final of the Portuguese Cup next weekend, but for now attention remains entirely on bringing a successful end to their European adventure in Turin.

"I think neither side will go into the final as favourites – we both have a 50/50 chance of winning," Jesus said. "You have to be really good to reach a final, and I have a great deal of respect for this Sevilla side who will compete with us. They have every right to win this competition outright."

Benfica are the first side to reach a Europa League final without losing a game, having won six and drawn two of their eight games since dropping into the competition from the Champions League, but history in Europe is not on their side.

You have to go back to 1962 for Benfica's last continental title – the second of back-to-back European Cup wins – since when the Lisbon giants have had no end of chances to add to their tally.

The came up short in European Cup finals in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990, while in 1983 they were beaten in their first UEFA Cup final.

More than two decades passed before Benfica returned to another European final as they progressed to last season's Europa League showpiece in Amsterdam, when they were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in agonising circumstances, Branislav Ivanovic heading the winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

Benfica will be without suspended duo Eduardo Salvio and Enzo Perez, while Silvio is out with a knee injury.

Jairo Samperio is banned for Sevilla.

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