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'We need to create a very emotional moment'

Unai Emery has called on his players and our supporters at Emirates Stadium to create a "very emotional moment" on Thursday night.

Our head coach was speaking before our Europa League last-16 second leg against Rennes, and stressed the need for a big atmosphere if we are to overturn our 3-1 deficit.

"We need to [focus] on tomorrow and create a very emotional moment in 90 minutes with our supporters," Emery said. "We need to be clear in our minds in the 90 minutes, very fresh and very cool to take the best decisions.

"I don’t think about [being favourites]. I only want to play the best possible match, doing all we can, with each player and the team.

"In the first game, they beat us and now we will want to show that here it can be different, but with a big respect to them and also knowing we need all the players with the focus and to control our emotions and control the different situations and scenarios that can come in the 90 minutes. This is our way and our match.

"[Rennes] are a good team in a good moment and they have quality with different players. They have spirit and fresh players playing offensively and they are organised defensively. They won against Betis over two matches with a big performance and against us they showed also they have the possibility to win against us.

"But after this big respect to them we will try to push tomorrow, starting with our supporters and a big atmosphere helping us. With our gameplan and capacity we can come back against them."

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