Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella unsure how to stop Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez

Sevilla welcome United to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of their last-16 showdown on Wednesday night, with the Chiliean due to make his first Champions League appearance of the season.

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Montella revealed that he has been aware of Sanchez’s quality since he moved to Europe with Udinese, and warned his players that they face a difficult task in trying to stifle the Chilean.

“He’s a fantastic player, I saw him play in Italy. He has improved so much as his career has progressed, he’s very fast, he leads counter-attacks, he’s very strong,” Montella told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

“How do we stop him? I don’t know, we’ll have to block him in some way, maybe tie him up with a rope.”

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