Jose Mourinho: Champions League exit 'not something new' for Man United

Jose Mourinho: Champions League exit 'not something new' for Man United
From ESPN - March 13, 2018

MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United's elimination from the Champions League to Sevilla in the round of 16 is "not the end of the world," nor is it "something new" for a club whom he personally has knocked out in the past.

United were dumped out after Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat on a miserable night at Old Trafford, but Mourinho was adamant afterwards the performance from his side was "not bad."

Mourinho also referenced his own history in dropping United out of the Champions League, having eliminated the Red Devils with Porto in 2004 and Real Madrid in 2013.

"I said that it would be disappointment if we would lose the match I do not want to make a drama of it," Mourinho said in his news conference. "We have a match on Saturday, we have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours and that's football, is not the end of the world.

"I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and knock Man United out with Porto and Real Madrid, so is not something new for the club, and of course being Man United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a disappointment."

Sevilla have conceded 42 goals in La Liga this season and qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League despite shipping 12 goals in six games. United, however, only managed four shots on target across 180 minutes.

A dismissive Mourinho replied: "That's statistics. I do not think the performance was bad. I think the intention and the way we started was really good, really positive. In the first half I do not remember a dangerous situation for them.

"We had again a good start in the second half and had chances to score and the first goal will always change the direction of the game and the first goal was for them."

Mourinho was asked what had to change to get United back into the later rounds of the Champions League to which the 55-year-old answered "everything."


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