Man Utd the biggest team in the world but Sevilla ready for Europa League challenge - Lopetegui[/b]

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Man Utd the biggest team in the world but Sevilla ready for Europa League challenge - Lopetegui[/b]

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After beating Wolves in their Europa League quarter-final, the manager has already set his sights on the Red Devils[/b]
Julen Lopetegui says Manchester United are “the biggest team in the world” but is confident Sevilla will come out on top in Sunday’s Europa League semi-final tie premier league predictions.[/b]
The La Liga side set up a showdown with 2017 winners United in Cologne with a late 1-0 victory over another English opponent in Wolves on Wednesday.[/b]
Yassine Bounou saved Raul Jimenez’s early penalty and that proved a key moment, with Sevilla’s pressure telling two minutes from time when Lucas Ocampos headed in.[/b]
United beat Copenhagen 1-0 after extra-time on Tuesday and now await Lopetegui’s men, who are seeking a record-extending fourth triumph in the competition since its rebranding in 2009.[/b]
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“We are going to play against Manchester United in the next match - they’re the biggest team in the world but we’re going to be prepared for them,” Lopetegui told reporters.[/b]
"We’re focused on the next game, against a top, historic side, one of the best in the history of the sport who are in great form.[/b]
“We will give our best as we always do. To play against them will be really tough, but we’ll go into it believing we can beat them.”[/b]
Sevilla had 76 per cent of the ball against Wolves but created only a couple of chances before Ocampos popped up late on with his 17th goal of the season.[/b]
Lopetegui insists his side were good value for the win and is after a similar type of performance against in-form United next weekend.[/b]
“I think we deserved the win today. The key was to chip, chip, chip away, have patience and wait until the right moment,” he said.[/b]
"I am very proud of my players because we were against a very good team. We needed to have the ball and not make mistakes because they have very fast forwards.[/b]
“We played very well against a good team. We had to be very concentrated.”[/b]
Defeat for Wolves brings an end a gruelling 2019-20 campaign that started 13 months ago and saw them play 17 games in Europe.[/b]
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo is proud of his players’ efforts and already has one eye on next season, which begins in a little over four weeks’ time.[/b]
“There is a sense of frustration,” he told BT Sport. "The last minute [goal] is something that’s happened to us too many times, but I’m proud of the boys.[/b]
"We played a tough team but it’s all about small margins. We came this far, now it’s over – let’s rest and look to the future.[/b]
"There are players out there who gave everything. Of course the legs and the brain don’t work so good.[/b]
"We must be proud of ourselves and admit we made some mistakes this season which we need to rectify to compete at a higher level.[/b]
"It was a long journey. We wanted to go as far as we could - we had it very close today and everyone’s disappointed but we should not ignore the players’ efforts soccer today.[/b]
“It’s been almost 14 months of hard work. Disappointment is something that can’t take away all the good things we’ve been doing.”[/b]

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