Manchester United are ‘the greatest team in the world’, says Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla head coach | Football News

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Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui relishes the challenge of facing Manchester United in the Europa League semi-final

Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui enjoys the challenge of facing Manchester United in the Europa League semi-final

Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui has said Manchester United are the “greatest team in the world” ahead of their Europa League semi-final on Sunday.

Five-time winners Sevilla reserved their place in the last four of the competition with a 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday – Lucas Ocampos’ late header securing a deserved quarter-final victory for the Spanish club.

They will now face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Stadion Koln on Sunday, and Lopetegui will be hoping to eliminate another Premier League side from the competition.

“We’re going to play against Manchester United in the next game – they’re the greatest team in the world, but we’re going to be prepared for them,” said the Sevilla boss.

“We are focusing on the next game, against a historic high level team, one of the best in the history of the sport which is in great shape. We will give the best of ourselves as we always do.

Sevilla reached the bottom four with a 1-0 win over Wolves

Sevilla reached the bottom four with a 1-0 win over Wolves

“Playing against them will be really tough, but we’ll go into it believing we can beat them. ”

Sevilla are heading towards the semi-finals supported by an unbeaten run that dates back to February.

However, it could have been an all-English tie if it hadn’t been for Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou, who saved Raul Jimenez’s early penalty and turned the quarter-final in their favor.

“I know Jimenez is waiting for the goalkeeper to move so I had to bide my time and try to get him to go the way I wanted,” Bounou said.

“It’s fractions of a second and I’m just lucky it was the first penalty he’s ever missed.

“I practiced the save penalties, especially with Ocampos, who take penalties in the same way.

“I know Raul from our time together at Atletico Madrid so I kinda knew how he tended to take them. But you still need luck too. “

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