Sevilla coach: Mourinho was a tactical pioneer

Date published: Tuesday 20th February 2018 1:48

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.”

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