Champions League

A must win for Mourinho as Sevilla visit Old Trafford

2018-03-13 12:18
Jose Mourinho (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United will be targeting a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals when they host Sevilla in the second-leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.

United drew 0-0 with the Spanish side in the first leg and come into the second-leg clash on the back of three consecutive victories in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho's men beat Chelsea 2-1, Crystal Palace 3-2, and Liverpool 2-1 to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions to five games.

In terms of home form, United have not lost at Old Trafford since the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City back in October. They have since gone unbeaten in eight home fixtures, keeping five clean sheets.

"Sevilla and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool," Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Telegraph after the win over the Reds.

"Liverpool is Liverpool, it is a big match, it is a match against a direct competitor for the top four but nothing is decided yet.

"But Sevilla and Brighton are 'live-or-die' games so the next two are much more important than this one.

"In modern football you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match and I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla on Tuesday everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks."

Meanwhile, Sevilla have been more inconsistent in recent weeks. After the goalless draw with United they lost 5-2 at home against Atletico Madrid. They followed it up with back-to-back wins over Malaga and Athletic Bilbao. However, they lost at home once again on Saturday when Valencia handed them a 2-0 defeat. 

Los Rojiblancos have never progressed as far as the Champions League quarter-finals. They lost to English opposition last season when Leicester City beat them 3-2 on aggregate. 

"We are hoping to do something exhilarating at Old Trafford after not scoring a goal that we deserved in the opening leg," Sevilla president Pepe Castro told Radio Sevilla FC. "I would sign right now to draw 1-1 at Manchester."

Paul Pogba remains a doubt for United, after missing the win over Liverpool, while Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, and Phil Jones remain sidelined.

Sevilla will be without the services of Sebastien Corchia and Jesus Navas, who are both still injured.

Kick-off is at 21:45 (SA time).

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018
AEK Athens v Bayern Munchen, Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis 18:55
Young Boys v Valencia, STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf Bern 18:55
Real Madrid v Viktoria Plzen, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 21:00
Ajax v Benfica, Johan Cruijff ArenA 21:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist 21:00
Manchester United v Juventus, Old Trafford 21:00
Roma v CSKA Moskva, Stadio Olimpico 21:00
Hoffenheim v Olympique Lyonnais, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 21:00
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Club Brugge v Monaco, Jan Breydelstadion 18:55
PSV v Tottenham Hotspur, Philips Stadion 18:55
Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda, Anfield 21:00
Barcelona v Internazionale, Camp Nou 21:00
PSG v Napoli, Parc des Princes 21:00
Lokomotiv Moskva v Porto, RZD Arena 21:00
Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid, Signal-Iduna-Park 21:00
Galatasaray v Schalke 04, Turk Telekom Stadyumu 21:00
Tuesday, 06 November 2018
Monaco v Club Brugge, Stade Louis II 19:55
Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool, Stadion Rajko Mitic 19:55
Porto v Lokomotiv Moskva, Estadio Do Dragao 22:00
Atletico Madrid v Borussia Dortmund, Estadio Wanda Metropolitano 22:00
Internazionale v Barcelona, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 22:00
Napoli v PSG, Stadio San Paolo 22:00
Schalke 04 v Galatasaray, Veltins-Arena 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v PSV, Wembley Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 07 November 2018
Valencia v Young Boys, Estadio de Mestalla 19:55
CSKA Moskva v Roma, VEB Arena 19:55
Juventus v Manchester United, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Bayern Munchen v AEK Athens, Allianz-Arena 22:00
Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid, Doosan Arena 22:00
Benfica v Ajax, Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Olympique Lyonnais v Hoffenheim, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
AEK Athens v Ajax, Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis 19:55
CSKA Moskva v Viktoria Plzen, VEB Arena 19:55
Juventus v Valencia, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Bayern Munchen v Benfica, Allianz-Arena 22:00
Olympique Lyonnais v Manchester City, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Manchester United v Young Boys, Old Trafford 22:00
Roma v Real Madrid, Stadio Olimpico 22:00
Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 22:00
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Atletico Madrid v Monaco, Estadio Wanda Metropolitano 19:55
Lokomotiv Moskva v Galatasaray, RZD Arena 19:55
Porto v Schalke 04, Estadio Do Dragao 22:00
PSG v Liverpool, Parc des Princes 22:00
PSV v Barcelona, Philips Stadion 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge, Signal-Iduna-Park 22:00
Napoli v Crvena Zvezda, Stadio San Paolo 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Internazionale, Wembley Stadium 22:00
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