The manager of Spanish La Liga club Sevilla, Julen Lopetegui, has described Premier League club Manchester United as the biggest club in the world ahead of the Europa League semi-final match against the club.
Sevilla beat Premier League club Wolves 1-0 in the quarter-final of the tournament on Tuesday to book a date with Manchester United on Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal for the semi-final tie.
The Spanish La Liga said is arguably the most successful team in the Europa League as they are gunning for their record 6th Europa League title. While their Sunday’s rivals are just gunning for their second Europa League title. The last time Manchester United won the tournament was in the 2016-2017 season succeeding Sevilla that won it last in the 2015-2016 season.
Though Sevilla is the most successful club in the Europa League, they are not as big as Manchester United in terms of success in European football. For instance, as Sevilla has 6 titles in European football, Manchester United also has 6 titles in European football including three Champions League titles.
In fact, among the four clubs that are still in the European tournament – Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United and Sevilla, only Inter Milan are in the same class with Manchester United. The Italia Serie A club has also won 6 European titles including 3 UEFA Champions League titles.
“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,” Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui said.
“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. 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.”
Congratulations on your win, @SevillaFC. Best of luck for the rest of the competition.— Wolves (@Wolves) August 11, 2020
Just like Manchester United, Sevilla has been unbeaten in the tournament and a win over Manchester United on Sunday will send them to the final to face either Shakhtar Donetsk or Inter Milan.