Celta Vigo need ‘perfect performance’ to beat Manchester United – Berizzo

Celta Vigo need ‘perfect performance’ to beat Manchester United – Berizzo


Celta Vigo are undaunted by the uphill battle that awaits them at Manchester United, with coach Eduardo Berizzo dreaming of a historic Europa League final.

Vigo wore sky blue for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s men last week, when Marcus Rashford played spoiler as the Spanish side’s first major European semifinal began with a 1-0 first-leg defeat.

The sides resume play on Thursday in a tie several bookmakers make Celta a 6-1 shot to progress from.

United have not lost a home European match since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, but Berizzo is hopeful of ending that 17-match unbeaten run at Old Trafford.

The former Argentina defender said: “It doesn’t matter what games I’ve played, the main thing is for the club. The next game is always the most important.

“Tomorrow represents a massive hurdle for Celta. This in itself is a motivation.

“Having nearly 3,000 people travelling all the way from Spain, even after losing the first leg 1-0, those fans didn’t give up, even against the most powerful team in the world with 70,000 of their own fans.

“We’ve got to go with the attitude that in football, everything is possible.”

United have never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, but Celta have cause for hope having pulled off some memorable wins on their travels this term.

“We need to put in another perfect performance,” Berizzo added. “They deserve this game as a reward for their hard work and they deserve to play well and to put in a good performance.

“It’s a just reward for all our hard work in this competition.

“We started 10 months ago and wanted to see how far we could go.

“I really hope the occasion allows them to go out and give a great account of themselves.”