Fans View: Sevilla and Montella face a tough taskMarch 13, 2018
Daz Radley, @Sevilla_Spurs believes Sevilla and Vincenzo Montella have a tough task ahead as they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Tuesday evening.
The tie is wide open after the first leg which ended 0-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but Sevilla’s defeat to Valencia at the weekend makes Jose Mourinho’s side the slight favourites.
Saturday’s win over Jurgen Klopp’s men came after a superb double from Marcus Rashford and it consolidated United’s grip on second place in the Premier League table.
As for Sevilla, they remain in the hunt for the Champions League places, but the defeat to Valencia now sees them sit 11 points behind.
Heading into the game, Sevilla have some concern at left back, having lost Miguel Layun, who is ineligible and Jesus Navas, who did not travel.
“It is going to be a tough game, Montella has a big decision to make as to who will play at left back, with Layun unregistered and Navas not making the trip, ” Radley said. “I think Arana and Escudero could start in the full back positions, with Mercardo and Lenglet in the middle.
“Considering Sevilla have never won on ‘English’ soil, it will be a game where the best opportunity to do that is press United’s weakest area – their defence and try to restrict any play through the middle. We will not have much possession tonight and we must be disciplined so that they do not cut us open, like Valencia did twice at the weekend.”
Sevilla have struggled for goals of late, scoring just 10 in their last eight games, and Radley has identified that as a problem.
“The biggest problem is scoring goals, we have 16 goals less than this time last season in La Liga, and our best striker at the club will start on the bench, unless Montella shocks us all and plays Wissam Ben Yedder.”
“If Montella can identify United’s weaknesses, we could get something from the game. We must let them worry about us and not the other way round. As they say in Sevilla, “We never surrender!” and tonight they will have to prove that. Vamos Sevilla.”
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