Man United players during a training session on the eve of their Champions League Last-16 tie against Sevilla in Manchester yesterday. Pic/AFP
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's defensive tactics in a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in Spain three weeks ago were much-criticised as, without an away goal, United's Champions League Last-16 second leg with the Spanish team is finely balanced.
And the Portuguese admitted United have no advantage as a score draw would see Sevilla progress. "The first leg leaves everything open," said Mourinho. "I don't feel we have any advantage at the moment. We are going to try to show we are better but I don't feel we have any advantage," Mourinho added.
Three-time European champions, United have made the Champions League quarter-finals just once in the past seven years. Mourinho believes they are still some way off the European elite, but believes from his experiences of winning the competition with Porto and Inter Milan, anything is possible if they make the last eight. "I think we are not one of the best teams in the competition, but I think when a team arrives in the last eight anything can happen.
"When you are in the last 16 it looks really, really far, but when a team gets in the last eight you start smelling the semi-finals."
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