Jose Mourinho has insisted Manchester United’s elimination from the Champions League to Sevilla in the round of 16 is “not the end of the world,” nor is it “something new” for a club whom he personally has knocked out in the past.
“I said that it would be disappointment if we would lose the match I don’t want to make a drama of it,” Mourinho said in his news conference. “We have a match on Saturday, we have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours and that’s football, is not the end of the world.
“I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and knock Man United out with Porto and Real Madrid, so is not something new for the club, and of course being Man United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a disappointment.”
Sevilla have conceded 42 goals in La Liga this season and qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League despite shipping 12 goals in six games. United, however, only managed four shots on target across 180 minutes.
A dismissive Mourinho replied: “That’s statistics. I don’t think the performance was bad. I think the intention and the way we started was really good, really positive. In the first half I don’t remember a dangerous situation for them.
“We had again a good start in the second half and had chances to score and the first goal will always change the direction of the game and the first goal was for them.”
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