Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has revealed his disappointment after being held by Manchester United at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday evening.
Approaching Wednesday’s Champions League game with Vincenzo Montella’s side, it was arguably the Spanish side who were favourites, given home soil and some inconsistency in the Premier League for the English visitors.
Former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho opted to leave Frenchman Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the bench and a lack of forward initiative was all too clear to see as Sevilla dominated in most parts.
Chances for both Joaquin Correa and Luis Muriel fell to the home side, but David de Gea’s fine form saw Mourinho thanking the Spanish international.
Having held on for a vital draw, the United boss was happy with his side’s performance, but home coach Montella was left ruing his side’s failure to break the deadlock.
“The team created enough chances to score a goal or two,” the former AC Milan coach told reporters after the game.
“I’m a bit disappointed, but we have to be happy about how the match went. It’s all open at 0-0 and we’ll see what happens in 15 days. Now we have to focus on Atletico.
“De Gea? He was fabulous, I didn’t see the images on TV, but I think he played very well.
“Our high intensity? We couldn’t play at that pace all game. The team played with intelligence and patience, although sometimes we needed to play quicker.
“We were always focused on the game. Pogba on the bench? United have a great bench, we know all their players.
“Approach for the second leg? Sevilla must always play to score and be superior to their opponents, although this isn’t always possible. Still, we have to try.”
Sevilla now prepare to host Atletico Madrid in a huge game at the weekend, before facing Malaga, Athletic Bilbao and fourth placed Valencia – prior to that return game with United.
In the meantime, United themselves, have a tough run – facing Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool before hosting the Andalusian’s in two weeks time.