Without our fans? We would not of beaten Man United, says BanegaMarch 14, 2018
Ever Banega has heaped praise on the fans of Sevilla, saying he and his team-mates could not of beaten Manchester United on Tuesday evening if it was not for them.
After a first leg 0-0 draw with Jose Mourinho’s side, Sevilla approached Tuesday’s visit to Old Trafford as underdogs, but a superb performance ensured Vincenzo Montella’s men would be in the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday morning.
A double from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder put the away side 2-0 up, before a late goal from Romelu Lukaku saw the game end 2-1 to the visitors and end with the La Liga side progressing.
Delight was seen as the players, coaching staff and club’s fans celebrated on the final whistle, and midfielder Banega has taken time to praise the club’s fans.
Speaking after the win at Old Trafford, the former Inter Milan man discussed Wissam Ben Yedder’s performance, the fans, and the test Man United posed.
“We all know Ben Yedder has a lot of qualities and is deadly in the final third, we know he provides great clarity in front of goal,” Banega told Marca.
“It is important to have players of his quality to come on from the bench and make the difference, it gives the entire team confidence.
“We want to dedicate this win to the fans in the stadium but also those who are at home – without them this victory would not have been possible.
“We have passed an extremely difficult round but know the next one will be just as tough, if not more, so we must continue to work hard.”
The Andalusian side sit fifth in the league standings at present having lost 2-0 to Valencia at the weekend and Montella’s side return to league action this weekend as they face Leganes away from home.
Sevilla are joined by Real Madrid in the QF draw, whilst Barcelona could also be in the hat, playing their second leg tie with Chelsea on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou.