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'Knock him down!' - How Sevilla are plotting to stop Alexis Sanchez scoring

'Knock him down!' - How Sevilla are plotting to stop Alexis Sanchez scoring

"We always want to play against the best teams and this is why we like this competition".

Sanchez claimed an assist in United's 2-0 FA Cup defeat of Huddersfield Town on Saturday and has generally looked lively in the majority of his outings since leaving the Gunners.

"Well, maybe we can kill him or knock him down or something", Montella said. I hope tomorrow he will not be able to play'.

"I remember him really well from his stay in Italy", Sevilla coach Montella said of the former Udinese, Barcelona and Arsenal forward.

"He has improved his style a lot and he's a really good player in terms of the transitions and finding spaces, and has really good speed in attack".

"We have to play with experience and with our heads, but we also have to play with desire".

Montella took over as Sevilla coach in December following the sacking of Eduardo Berizzo, and is taking charge of only his second Champions League tie.

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Despite a slow start to his United career, Conte is in no doubt his presence makes Jose Mourinho's side stronger than they were before the January window. The first and only match he commanded was during his interim role at Roma which his side was defeated 3-0 against Shakthar Donetsk, who coincidentally the play on Wednesday themselves.

Mourinho told the Daily Mirror: "I normally say that Champions League dreams, they start around the quarter-finals and not yet".

"I'm very excited to be facing Mourinho, he was a pioneer in football tactics and I studied him a lot when I was starting out as a coach", the Italian added.

"We didn't need Sanchez at all".

"I think he's a wonderful player, he's so talented".

"I know Alexis Sanchez has got something to prove, he's just turned up at Man United". But we also have our weapons.


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