Sevilla manager Montella confident of progressing in Champions LeagueMarch 13, 2018
Vincenzo Montella and his Sevilla players travel to Manchester United with a Champions League quarter-final place the prize if they can win on Tuesday.
The first leg ended in a goalless stalemate in Spain, and while the Andalusians will be disappointed not to make home advantage count, their Italian manager believes they can progress by completing one simple task.
“We need to score one goal,” said the 43-year-old in his pre-match conference.
“At home, we had the opportunities. It’s going to be tough, but we have confidence.”
60 years since reaching Last 8
Sevilla last reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition in 1958, only the third edition of the European Cup, losing to eventual winners Real Madrid.
Since then, they have only featured in the Champions League five times, going out to Leicester City at this stage last season.
Yet they have been successful in the continent’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, winning it five times in the last 12 seasons.
By comparison, Manchester United most recently won the competition in 2008, losing in the final the following year and in 2011, while Jose Mourinho is looking to become the first manager to win the trophy with three different clubs.
“We know that we play against a great team, with a great coach, players and a historic club,” Montella added.
“We have to be at our best level and be able to compete.
“It is a game that we must interpret every situation, defending and attacking when necessary.”
While a top four place in La Liga looks unachievable, as they sit 11 points adrift with 10 games to go, and they remain firm outsiders to lift the Champions League title at odds of 175/1, progression past Man United will represent a successful first season in charge at Sevilla for Montella.