Mourinho: Champions League Failure Is Nothing New

Tricia Pearson
March 15, 2018

There was no shortage of criticism of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after Tuesday's last 16 exit from the Champions League at the hands of Sevilla and his nearly bales reaction to the loss did little to temper it.

"They approach every game conservatively".

"If I were them, I would think about another player", said manager Jose Mourinho recently when asked about Madrid's interest .

"I've sat in this chair twice before with Porto, Manchester United out, and Real Madrid, Manchester United out, so I don't think it's anything new for the club", he said about United's defeat in the last 16.

"I don't want to make a drama out of it, we don't have time for that".

His crucial first goal came when Pablo Sarabia found space between United's defence and midfield, and fed Ben Yedder with a precise through ball. We had good periods.

That is not to say that Mourinho must play possession-based football; Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool is proving that counter-attacking football does not have to be boring and negative.

It was nearly like Jose Mourinho didn't care.

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Sevilla again took the game to an undercooked United side and deservedly went through with a 2-1 victory as substitute Wissam Ben Yedder's quickfire brace meant a late Romelu Lukaku goal was mere consolation.

Mourinho's men dug deep to edge that Premier League encounter, but Matic refused to use those exertions as a way to explain Tuesday's lacklustre display against Sevilla. Even a last-ditch lunge from Eric Bailly - United's saviour on at least two occasions - could not save them this time.

In a related development, Italian side Roma defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at home to go through to the quarterfinal of the 2017/2018 UEFA champions league after they had lost the first leg 2-1.

There are no City players complaining to their manager about which side of midfield they should be playing, as Pogba reportedly has done, and Guardiola's expensive purchases have nearly all quickly begun delivering their best and he has the resources to bring in even more.

"From that moment on we tried to chase the game and they scored the second one which was a big blow".

After a goalless first half in which the Ukrainians held their own, the Gialorrossi upped the tempo in the second half and scored the winning goal on 52 minutes through their top striker Edin Dzeko.

Young, speaking to beIN SPORTS, understood the reaction to a loss in "a game of this magnitude", but did not feel United took progress to the Champions League quarter-finals for granted.

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