They were beaten by Bayern Munich in the next round and have not been to the knockout phase in the competition since. On Wednesday, Mourinho defended his side's cautious approach in the atmospheric Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, saying his team had controlled the game even though Sevilla created more chances. "The only moment where we felt relieved was when they had a couple of chances and David (De Gea) made two great saves," added Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho wasn't impressed by this question... pic.twitter.com/iZhRNWMXq7— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 22, 2018
Their coach Vincenzo Montella did not hide his disappointment they could not take an advantage into the return leg in Manchester on March 13. "We created enough chances to score a goal or two so I'm a little sad but we have to be pleased with our performance," said the Italian. Defender Gabriel Mercado added that they would be working on ways to break down De Gea at Old Trafford. "De Gea is a very difficult goalkeeper to beat but we'll try to get past him in the return leg," added the defender. "They will take the initiative in the second leg but we usually want to play our part and we'll try to own the game. "We're 90 minutes from doing something historic."
"The medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. It didn't look like he was fully fit."— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) February 22, 2018
Jose Mourinho questions @ManUtd medical team's pre-match assurances after "bad" Ander Herrara injury.
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