Sevilla have honestly earned the title of “Queen of the Europa League”, given three consecutive wins at the factory between 2014 and 2016 that made it the top scorer, but has since been absent from the final. tomorrow (Sunday, 22:00, live on Sports2) It will be able to return to the coveted status and compete for the trophy, but to do so it will have to go through another team that won the Europa League recently – none other than Manchester United, who in 2017 defeated Ajax in the final.
Following the Corona epidemic, all the Europa League draw will be held in Germany and tomorrow it will be the Cologne Stadium that will host the meeting between the Andalusians and the Red Devils, a game that some would say brings together the two favorites to win when the second semi-final takes place on Monday (22:00 in Sports 1) Shakhtar Donetsk and Manor Solomon will compete against Inter.
In total, Sevilla have won the Europa League five times (including two more wins in the previous edition called the UEFA Cup) and have never lost in the last four, while Manchester United are looking for not only their first title since that 2017 win – but also The first degree in the coaching career of Ola Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer will still lack left-back Luke Shaw, but other than that he is expected to have a full squad. It seems that compared to the narrow 0: 1 victory over Copenhagen in the quarterfinals, a game decided by a precise penalty kick by Bruno Fernandez at the beginning of extra time, Nemanja Matic will return to the squad at Fred’s expense and in the center of defense Victor Lindloff will replace Eric Bay.
“We had some good preparation days. We prepared, recovered and trained well. “It’s not routine since the comeback we had six days off from game to game and that’s significant,” he said Solshiar Ahead of the game. “We are already looking forward to the semi-finals. This season we have failed twice at this stage in the Cup and the League Cup. ”
His game plan: “Score more goals than them! We must play the best we can, be smart and deal well with its pressure. Such a game can also be decided thanks to the ability of only one player. ”
After the coach, Bruno Fernandez He added: “The comparisons to Cantona? It’s very flattering to me, but I have to do a great deal to even be compared to it. For me, being at Manchester United is about winning titles. I will be happy if we win the Europa League. ”
Matic Said towards the semi-finals: “We know we are two wins away from winning the title and I think everyone is looking forward to the game against Sevilla, which is a very good team. “This is a challenge that lies ahead and will help us understand where we are in terms of ability, so we can no longer wait for Sunday to come and go up to play.”
The Serb also referred to the conditions in Cologne: “Everything here is excellent, better than we expected. “Sometimes it’s good to change the atmosphere and train in different places. We feel like in a training camp for the season, but of course we are aware that we are in the middle of a complex situation.”
Sevilla have been counting 19 games in a row without a loss in all competitions and it seems that the team of Julen Luftaghi It is definitely one of the teams that made the most impressive comeback from the Corona lag, as evidenced by the quarter-finals in which it defeated Wolves. The coach said: “Manchester United have not lost a game in the Premier League since January, so there is no doubt that this is a top team that is fit, but we are towards a semi-final and we must reach our peak, be determined and brave and with a desire to compete and reach the final. “All season we played team football, disciplined, with responsibility and power – and that’s how I want us to look tomorrow as well.”
The last time the two teams met, it was in the last 16 of the Champions League in the 2017/18 season and then the Andalusians ousted the Red Devils. After 0: 0 in the first game in Sevilla, the visitors won 1: 2 at Old Trafford a late clutch of Wissam Ben Yader (74 and 78), while Romulo Lukaku only managed to shrink.
The vehicles are estimated
Manchester United: Sergio Romero, Aron Van Bisaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindloff, Brandon Williams, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandez, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.
Seville: Yassin Bono, Hassos Navas, Diego Carlos, Jules Conde, Sergio Regilon, Aber Banga, Fernando, Juan Jordan, Soso, Yosef a-Nasiri, Lucas Occampus.