Manchester United take on Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals on Sunday.
After beating Copenhagen 1-0 in Colonge, with thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty, we watched Sevilla beat Wolves 1-0 the following night. Lucas Ocampos scored a later winner to end Wolves’ Europa League run.
Sevilla are a good side and we will need to be at the top of our game.
The other semi-final sees Inter Milan take on Shakhtar Donetsk — both of these ties will be played over one leg.
I stumbled across a remarkable Sevilla start which makes them sound a bit like they are to Europa League what Real Madrid are to the Champions League. And it goes without saying that we should respect them going into the game by doing our homework.
Football Espana editor Colin Millar is responsible for brining the stat to our attention. He tweeted: “Sevilla have now won 24 of their last 25 Europa League knockout tie progressions, including finals. 25 different opponents. Slavia Prague the only side to stop them. Run started with victory over Mladost Podgorica in August 2013.”
That result (I think) means Sevilla set a new club record of 19 unbeaten games. Previous record run was 18 games, dating back to 1935 – pre Spanish Civil War. Now 7 wins in 8 too.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) August 11, 2020
They take the Europa League seriously at Sevilla and after the one knockout tie they lost the club immediately sacked their coach, Pablo Machin.
United will need to be at their best but with players like Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the middle, we can’t have any excuses for shortcomings, and it’s time to see the team win some silverware.
Inter Milan in the final would be a great match up. Not just for fans but neutrals too.