Castro trusts his team's ability to defeat Man United

Paola Ditto
Marzo 13, 2018

Mourinho told MUTV, "The people in the dressing room are having a joke with him with his "amazing" goal, ' Mourinho told MUTV".

"It would have been a good thing, but it did not happen".

None of the five players were present in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the English Premier League (EPL), so their presence in the second leg clash appeared to be in doubt.

Steven Nzonzi (L) handed in two transfer requests in successive summers at Stoke before finally leaving for Sevilla in 2015.

The France worldwide is still nursing a knock which kept him out of a clash with Liverpool and may now be absent in the Champions League.

"My future is clearly away from Sevilla", Nzonzi said.

"So imagine if we were knocked out - it would be considered a disaster, but for me it would be a disappointment".

But instead, it was Berizzo who left, sacked a month later, and Nzonzi stayed, only to regain momentum and favour under current coach Vincenzo Montella.

"He's downstairs now and I will go and speak with him". It is a very important game for us.

The Andalusians also have history to deal with - Sevilla have played six times in England and not won even once. The Chilean cut a forlorn figure in Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and was subbed off for Marcus Rashford in the 75th minute.

Nzonzi has no need for extra motivation.

In the league Sanchez has made little difference to the cause, but any hopes of toppling runaway leaders Manchester City had already long gone before he arrived and he was never expected to slot straight in and shoot United to the brink of an improbable comeback.

Scott McTominay's decision to pass the ball backwards early in the second half rather than attempt a more ambitious forward pass may have elicited groans from some United fans - something Mourinho later scolded them for - but the 21-year-old had a very good game and certainly helped bring far greater balance and discipline to the midfield than Pogba has in recent times when paired alongside Nemanja Matic. "His determination to improve is the biggest feature I've picked up from his game", Rashford said of his Belgian counterpart.

"We lost, but everybody could see we are strong", said Klopp.

Sevilla know too that their run in this year's Champions League could be their last for a while given a 2-0 defeat to Valencia on Saturday leaves them 11 points adrift of La Liga's top four. "We are going to try to prove that we are better [than the first leg]".

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