'Mourinho more of a winner than any of us' – Montella admires Man Utd boss

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The Sevilla coach accepts that his side face a tough test when they take on the English side in the Champions League on Wednesday

Vincenzo Montella saluted the winning mentality of Jose Mourinho ahead of Sevilla and Manchester United's meeting in the Champions League, calling the Portuguese coach "more of a winner".

The Italian will take charge of his first Champions League game with the Spanish club when United visit the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday, having taken over from the sacked Eduardo Berizzo in December.

Sevilla have been erratic under Montella's guidance, picking up two commendable victories over Atletico Madrid, while also conceding five goals in defeats to Eibar and bitter rivals Real Betis.

Up next in La Liga is a trip to Las Palmas on Saturday and, when asked about the difference in challenge between the Canary Islands club and United, Montella highlighted Mourinho.

"Mourinho is more of a winner than any of us," Montella told reporters on Friday. "He's coaching in a way that gets in the mind of the player to get the best out of them.

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"I like [Las Palmas coach] Paco Jemez because his team has identity. They always look to play and are organised without the ball.

"They're two different philosophies, but if I wanted to be like either of them it would be for Mourinho's capacity to win, respecting Paco of course, who has a career trajectory more similar to mine."

Montella's side are currently sixth in the Spanish top flight, a point behind fifth-placed Villarreal and a total of 23 adrift of leaders Barcelona after 23 matches.

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