Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella has described Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as a “pioneer” ahead of their Champions League last-16 clash.
Mourinho takes his side to Spain for the first leg on Wednesday looking to build on an impressive record in Europe.
The Portuguese has won the Champions League twice as a manager, with Porto and Inter Milan, and last season he guided United to the Europa League title.
“Mourinho was a pioneer when it comes to tactics in football,” Montella said at his pre-match press conference. “I’ve read many books. I think Mourinho is quite a good rival.”
Montella added: “I am really excited by tomorrow’s match. We’ll need to be ready mentally and physically.
“It’ll be a great day, great match. I don’t know how many matches Mourinho has played in this competition but we will be ready.”