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Celta Vigo boss is convinced his men can shock Manchester United

 

By Simon Peach

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

Vigo was bedecked in sky blue for the visit of Jose Mourinho's men last week, when Marcus Rashford proved the party pooper as the Spanish side's first major European semi-final began with a 1-0 first-leg defeat.

The sides resume battle tonight 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 the club. The next game is always the most important. It represents a massive hurdle for Celta. This in itself is a motivation.

"Having nearly 3,000 people travelling, those fans won'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.

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

"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 hope the occasion allows them to give a great account of themselves."

Meanwhile, Lyon boss Bruno Genesio says he remains positive the French club can overturn a three-goal deficit against Ajax.

Ajax moved to the brink of a first European final in 21 years with a 4-1 first-leg win last week.

"There's an hour and a half to overcome our deficit," said Genesio, whose side are fourth in Ligue 1.

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