"Personally I never dreamt of this success when leaving Tottenham in 2005," Kanoute told eurosport.com. "From this time onwards I have experienced the best moments in my sporting career.

"It was the prefect choice to go to Spain."

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Sevilla won the UEFA Cup last season and have a great chance become the first side to win the trophy in consecutive seasons since Real Madrid in 1985 and '86.

"Winning consecutive UEFA Cup titles is not easy for a club," the Mali man continued. "If we win in Glasgow this record will last for a long time. And next season we will play in the Champions League."

The final is to be played at Hampden, a ground which Kanoute knows well. And the former Lyon and West Ham forward is keen to harness the passion of the sizeable local support.

"I played in England for six years and because of that I know Scottish football," he claimed. "The stadium in Glasgow is perfect for the final and the atmosphere will be unique.

"I remember playing friendlies against Rangers and Celtic and the people live and breathe football."

Sevilla lie third in La Liga and have a realistic shot at the title whereas Espanyol are in the bottom half of the table but Kanoute does not feel this gives them any kind of edge in the final.

"Sevilla do not want to be cast as favourites," he declard. "The match will be very even precisely because the two teams play in the same championship.

"The key to match will be our mentality. Espanyol are a difficult rival and we have to treat them in the same way as Real Madrid or Barcelona. We will have to fight to the end to win.

"I believe that this match will be tougher than the 2006 final against Middlesbrough."

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