Sevilla boss Montella suggests killing Alexis SanchezFebruary 21, 2018
Sevilla host Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday and in his pre-match press conference, Vincenzo Montella hinted to his players one way of keeping January signing Alexis Sanchez quiet.
Having made the move from Arsenal to Old Trafford last month, the forward is likely to start.
Sanchez is set to make his Champions League debut for his new side and Montella witnessed the Chilean’s development during his days at Udinese.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he joked: “Maybe we can kill him or knock him down or something,I remember Sanchez really well from his time in Italy.
“He has improved his style a lot and he’s a really good player in terms of the transitions and finding spaces, and has really good speed in attack.”
The 29-year-old has one goal in his three United appearances, with his only finish coming in the 2-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield.
For Sevilla they head into Wednesday’s clash off the back of three straight wins and are yet to suffer defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan all season.
Montella’s side have also progressed to the Copa Del Rey semi-finals after they overcame Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate but the Italian demands that his players offer more.
“We have to be better than against Atletico,” he added.
“Now we have more experience and some months working together. I hope that tomorrow is played with less emotion but with the same spirit as always.
“I’m happy with the team’s performance but it can be improved.”
Manchester United topped Group A to reach the last 16, while Sevilla only managed two wins from their six games, they did hold Liverpool to draws on both occaisions.
The Italian feels he has a prepare side who are willing to show the desire to take United the distance.
“I am very excited about tomorrow’s game,” he said, “it will be difficult, tough, we have to be physically and mentally strong, and we have to trust the players.
“We have to play with experience and with our heads, but we also have to play with desire.”