Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui has warned “great rival” Manchester United that his side are not scared of facing them in the Europa League.
Sevilla booked their place in the Europa League semi-final with a late win over Wolves on Tuesday. They will now face another English side in United for a place in the final.
Both clubs finished their league seasons in great form, and Lopetegui has insisted that Sevilla will not be afraid of United, and have the intention of beating them.
“Among the rivals they are a great rival and very hard,” Lopetegui said. “But we are going to go with the healthy intention of being able to beat them, to surpass them.
“That is what we are going to try to do, obviously, and we will prepare for it.
“We know the difficulties, we will focus and from now on they will work on the match. And of course we have come to try to win the matches and now we are in the semi-finals and we have a great rival in front of us.
“But obviously our ambition and desire are in tact.”
Both Sevilla and Manchester United have strong pedigree in the Europa League. The two opponents have each won the competition in recent years.
United last got their hands on the trophy in 2017, ending Sevilla’s run of three Europa League titles in a row. However, only one of them will be able to contest this year’s final.
The clash between the two sides will take place on Sunday.
SOLSKJAER AWARE OF BENEFITS OF EUROPA LEAGUE
Lopetegui’s counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously explained what the Europa League means to Manchester United.
Having already admitted that he is hoping that winning the trophy would open the floodgates for more trophies at Old Trafford, Solskjaer recently urged his side to “make the most” of their opportunity.
Speaking before they beat FC Copenhagen to set up their semi-final with Sevilla, Solskjaer said: “We’ll just have to try to make the most of this Europa League now and hopefully get as far as we can, so they are looking forward even more to seeing the players.
“We went into this season knowing that Europa League is a great chance for us one to get a trophy, to get far in a tournament.”