Manchester United will play an interesting duel of the Europa League quarterfinals against Sevilla tonight. The first match ended with a score of 2:2, although United had absolute power in the match. However, after the own goal, Lisandro Martinez got injured and United was left with 10 players.
Sevilla took advantage of that and equalized. At the press conference, Erik ten Hag spoke about the upcoming match as well as his impressions of the match at Old Trafford. The Dutchman put special emphasis on emotions and focus.
"Emotion, you have to use it as a tool and the timing of it is important, and in big games especially, when you use it and definitely not," Ten Hag said, as quoted by ESPN. "So focus on the game, focus on the best game you can as team and individual." Erik ten Hag believes that it is not easy to give up the lead after such dominance.
"It is clear that it is a tie of two legs," said Ten Hag. "We played over 60 minutes quite well and the last 30 minutes we became passive. It is not acceptable, we know that, you see when you only play a game for 60 minutes you get punished."
Many are wondering who will play in the back line against Sevilla.
Erik ten Hag has Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelof at his disposal. "I will take my decisions tomorrow [Thursday]," said Ten Hag, who must be optimistic. "Today, we had training, we will see what the reaction is and we will take the decision.
All the players, you want to keep all the players fit, so that is the objective. The main objective is to win the game. [Rashford] had one session with the team, but he had some sessions before individually." Many believe that the winner of this duel could be the final winner of this competition. It remains for us to see how much truth there is in that story.
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