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20th Feb 2018

Sevilla manager reveals violent plan to deal with Alexis Sánchez

It could be the only way

Reuben Pinder

Might be a bit extreme

Sevilla welcome Manchester United to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium tomorrow night for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 knockout tie.

Alexis Sánchez is set to make his first appearance in the competition for United, and Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella has identified him as United’s biggest threat.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Montella revealed one of his ideas for how to limit Sánchez’s impact on the game.

“Maybe we could kill him or knock him down or something,” said the Italian. The threat was of course made in jest, but an aggressive approach may be necessary in order to nullify United’s biggest attacking threat.

Montella had high praise for Sánchez. He reminisced about the Chilean’s time in Serie A: “I remember Sanchez really well from his time in Italy [with Udinese]. He has improved a lot his style in his career and he’s a really good player in terms of the transitions and finding spaces, and has a really good speed in attack.”

It wasn’t only Sánchez whom Montella praised in his press conference, he also lauded United boss José Mourinho with compliments:

“I’m very excited because he was a pioneer in his way of working. I’ve read his books, I’ve studied his tactics. He’s undoubtedly a coach you have to study.

“It’s a challenge to beat Mourinho, but it is a pleasure to prepare for this type of game.”

The Italian clearly has a lot of respect for Sánchez and Mourinho’s achievements but they will not be rolling over for them tomorrow night. The Andalusian club enter this tie on the back of three consecutive wins, although they have been prone to a high-scoring loss this season.