Cape Town - Sevilla
coach Vincenzo Montella downplayed his side’s chances of making the
last four of the Champions League following their 2-1 quarter-final
first leg home defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but said he still
believed they could turn it around.
Deflected efforts from Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara gave the
German champions the win after Pablo Sabaria had given Sevilla the lead,
meaning the Spaniards will need to win at the Allianz Arena if they are
Speaking after the match, Montella remained positive, although he
admitted that his team have a mountain to climb when asked about their
chance of pulling off a shock in the second leg next week
"Not much, but we’re going to play with the same pride as tonight,
and some more," he replied. "Things are possible if you believe, and I
still believe. The percentages might be low, but we’ve got to play
The Italian then went on to bemoan Sevilla’s bad fortune.
"We didn’t have any luck. I’m grateful to my players for playing an excellent game against a really high-level opponent.
"The team deserved more. We had a perfect tactical shape in the first
half. The first goal on the counter was a shame. It didn’t demoralise
us, but we lost inertia.
"The second half was more level but we didn’t have the energy to play
on the counter-attack. We had some shots in the last few minutes and I
liked that a lot, but the two goals were a shame."
He also praised the mental toughness of his team, adding that they
would need to rely on it if they are to have a chance in the return leg.
I’m happy with the team. They finished with little physical energy
but a lot important mental strength. That strength is what we’ve got to
take to Munich.