Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Antonio Valencia: 'Manchester United anxious about every Sevilla player'

Antonio Valencia: 'Manchester United anxious about every Sevilla player'

He even joked about how his team was planning to stop Sanchez - suggesting his team use a rope and tie him up - echoing how unsafe Alexis will be to his defense.

Though Paul Pogba missed the Huddersfield clash due to illness, he is set to play against Sevilla after he was pictured training with the first team in Spain.

'He is an incredible player, a complete player, ' added Montella. "I don't know. We'll have to tie him up!" We have some players with experience and others without experience but I think in the end I normally say Champions League dreams they start around the quarter-finals and not in last 16, it still looks a long way to go.

This is the first time United have reached the knockout stages of the competition since 2014, while Sevilla are yet to reach the quarter-finals, having lost to Leicester last season.

"I remember him really well from his stay in Italy", Sevilla coach Montella said of the former Udinese, Barcelona and Arsenal forward. I've read his books, I've studied his tactics.

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Dan Mullan GettyImages

"I have seen some Sevilla matches and we are anxious about every player from this team". I don't even like the fact that the player that cost X millions doesn't have the same responsibility of one that cost three times X. They have the same responsibility.

Montella took over as Sevilla coach in December following the sacking of Eduardo Berizzo, and is taking charge of only his second Champions League tie. "More than 100 I think, but we will be ready to play this match".

Sevilla may have won the Europa League five times since 2006, but they have never progressed beyond the last 16 of the Champions League. I came here in a hard period for my club (Real Madrid), in a period of a great dominance of our big rival.

'Maybe Manchester being the favourite and us being the underdog will be an extra motivation for us.

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