Mourinho refrained from heaping praise on the man-of-the-match and insisted 0-0 was a fair result, despite Sevilla being on top and managing 25 attempts. The pacy Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were only late substitutes.
Manchester United came away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with a scoreless draw against Sevilla, which gives Jose Mourinho’s team a slight advantage heading into the second leg.
Given the ferocious battle on for a top four spot, both teams will feel they need to get three points and will want to take risks in order to do so. Of course, it was a good moment and I was really happy at this moment, but I have to continue.
But Pogba, having observed Jumu’ah, a congressional prayer Muslims hold every Friday, was in decidedly good spirits, enthusing about Manchester actually being sunny for once.
Antonio Conte [VIDEO] is unlikely to make any significant changes from his starting-11 that played in the 1-1 draw against the Spanish giants, Barcelona in the Champions League.
Man Utd faced 25 shots in this match – only against Arsenal in December (33) have they faced more in a match this season.
“Two big matches against two direct rivals in the Premier League, two knockout matches that, if things go well, can leave us in the quarter-final of the Champions League and the semi-final of the FA Cup”.
While Chelsea have no new injury concerns for the trip, Conte confirmed David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley are all still unavailable.
Juve could also be priced out of a move for Pogba due to his current wage packet – something Los Blancos would have no problem stumping up – but it is unclear just how much truth there is to the rift between Pogba and Mourinho. Chelsea travels to Old Trafford looking for a league double after a narrow victory 1-0 in the reverse fixture.
But an injury to Herrera – who Mourinho expects to be out for a few weeks – meant Pogba was handed the chance for a reprieve after just 17 minutes and Mourinho believes his response to such disappointment was impressive. Also, defenders, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are sidelined with knocks and won’t be available for the game against Chelsea.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Morata.
Sunday’s match will be a tight game, with both sides possessing world-class attacking talents and famously miserly defences.
The Spain worldwide foiled Colombian striker Luis Muriel from point-blank range at the end of the first half not long after tipping over an overhead kick from Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado as the Spaniards created far more chances than Jose Mourinho’s side.