After defeating Barcelona in the knockout stage and Real Betis in the round of 16, Manchester United will face another La Liga team in the Europa League. They were drawn with Sevilla in the final eight on Friday.
Ten Hag has less than a month to prepare his team for the match. The first leg will be held on April 13, followed by the return match a week later.
Despite struggling in La Liga this season and being on the verge of relegation, Sevilla has a solid record in the UEFA Cup or Europa League. They have really won the competition more times than any other club.
As a result, Manchester United may still have work to do to advance to the next round, where the victors of the clash between Juventus and Sporting CP will be waiting.
Ten Hag began his press responsibilities shortly after the draw, ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham on Sunday.
Ten Hag revealed why he can’t “look forward” to facing a team like Sevilla during a press conference held following a brief meeting with Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is bidding for ownership of the club.
“As you say, a very good record, we have to be conscious of that,” he remarked. It will be difficult; they are very experienced in the Europa League, having won it numerous times. I am unfamiliar with the team, but the most important thing to me is football, and I am not looking forward to Seville.
“First, we have an international break, followed by three Premier League games, so there is plenty of time to focus on that.” “All of the opponents coming to this level of the Europa League are strong, and you have to play your best football if you want to go through.”