How to stop Sanchez? Tie him up, says Sevilla coach Montella

first_img0Shares0000Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella is wary of the threat of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba in particular © AFP / Cristina QuiclerSEVILLE, Spain, Feb 20 – Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella joked he might have to use a novel approach to dealing with the threat of Alexis Sanchez when his team come up against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.“Manchester have fantastic players and Sanchez has improved hugely over the course of his career,” said Italian Montella, who knows the Chilean from the time he spent in Serie A with Udinese. “How do we stop him? I don’t know. We’ll have to tie him up!”Another player Montella knows from Serie A is Paul Pogba, although it is not certain the former Juventus midfielder will even start in the last 16, first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan amid reports of an uneasy relationship with his manager Jose Mourinho.“He is a complete player, strong, technical and scores goals. He is fantastic,” Montella told reporters at Sevilla’s stadium on Tuesday.“He was the most expensive player in history before Neymar. I hope he doesn’t play!”Montella was appointed during Spain’s winter break following the controversial sacking of Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, who had just undergone surgery for prostate cancer.Sacked by AC Milan in November, Montella will be taking charge of only his second Champions League game when he comes up against United.He previously oversaw Roma’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of the last 16 in 2011, while Jose Mourinho has vast experience of the Champions League, a competition he has won with both FC Porto and Inter Milan.“He was a pioneer. I have read books about his style of coaching,” said Montella of Mourinho.“I don’t know how many Champions League matches he has managed. But against his experience we will need to not think about that and be brave.”Montella also said that winger Joaquin Correa had trained on Tuesday and could play after coming off in the first half of Saturday’s La Liga win at Las Palmas, while his fellow Argentine, playmaker Ever Banega, could also return.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed! Top 10 most dominant Premier League teams in history

first_img 5. Manchester United spent 241 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2000-01 season 1. Chelsea’s 2014-15 side are the most dominant team in a single Premier League season, spending a record 274 days at the top of the Premier League 7. Newcastle United spent 212 days at the top of the Premier League in the 1995-96 season 10 10 6. Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ spent 216 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2003-04 season 10. Manchester United spent 191 days at the top of the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season, the 2012-13 campaign – click the arrow above to see the full top 10! 10 10 Leicester City have been sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League table since 23 January, 2016.The Foxes are on course for glory and could have the title wrapped up with victory over Manchester United on Sunday, after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur dropped points against West Bromwich Albion.In all, 128 days of Leicester’s 2015-16 campaign, so far, has been spent in first place – but, while remarkable, how does this rank with other clubs in the top flight?Check out the top 10 teams that have spent the highest number of days at the top of the table in a single campaign by viewing the slideshow above. 10 9. Chelsea spent 193 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2004-05 season 3. Chelsea spent 257 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2005-06 season 10 4. Manchester United spent 250 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2006-07 season 10 10 8. Chelsea spent 204 days at the top of the Premier League in the 2009-10 season 2. Manchester United’s 1993-94 team spent 262 days at the top of the table 10 10last_img read more