Montella happy with Sevilla’s mental strengthApril 16, 2018
Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has praised his side after they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Villarreal on Saturday.
Steven N’Zonzi’s late strike completed a remarkable comeback draw for Sevilla against Villarreal, after they had initially trailed the visitors by two goals and had Wissam Ben Yedder sent off before a dramatic final 25 minutes at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Daniel Rabaseda and Carlos Bacca put the Yellow Submarine in control either side of Ben Yedder’s dismissal.
Nolito then saw his penalty saved by Sergio Asenjo after a handball from Jaume Costa also reduced the opponents to ten men, but later made amends with a calm finish before N’Zonzi equalised to conclude a crazy game.
A goalless draw for Sevilla against Bayern Munich in midweek ended their European endeavours, and their hangover continued into this fixture.
“I’m angry with how the match went,” Montella said after the game. “In the first half, we should’ve had a penalty when we were on top and we went a man down when we were growing in the game.
“I don’t know what Ben [Yedder] said to see a red card. These are key moments, where we haven’t had any luck. It’s not the first time.
“When there’s doubt, it can be waved away, but when it’s clear, it’s clear. The referee was near Banega. I don’t get it.”
Whilst the Italian coach was unhappy with certain aspects, he did take time to praise his side for their ability to come back in the game and rescue a point against their European qualification rivals.
“On the other hand, I’m happy because the team showed pride, strength and heart. It was an important draw for how it has been achieved. Now we must rest.
“The team played with the mental strength of a great team. We can still qualify for the Europa League and now we have to keep fighting.”
The draw puts Vincenzo Montella’s team to within one point of sixth-placed Villarreal in La Liga and three points above Girona in eighth, after the Catalan’s defeat against Real Betis.
On Tuesday, Sevilla travel to Galicia to take on Deportivo while Villarreal host Leganés.