Vincenzo Montella saluted Sevilla as they knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years.
The first leg of their last-16 tie in Spain ended goalless, but after two late goals from Wissam Ben Yedder (74, 78), with only Romelu Lukaku (84) on target for United, Sevilla claimed a 2-1 aggregate win.
After the match, a beaming Montella said: “First of all I want to thank the fans for being here, they’ve helped us make history here tonight.”
Montella added that his team played the “game of their lives”, where Ben Yedder came off the bench to be the hero for his side.
The manager added: “I’m very, very happy, it’s amazing we’ve won in this very special stadium and the first time in 60 years we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“I have some very happy players who have got Sevilla in their soul and in their heart. All the players were fantastic, they played the game of their lives.”
He added: “Even though we didn’t create chances in the first-half we put in a good performance. I felt we were in control possession-wise and we have them very little opportunity to get close to our goal.
“In the second half, I’m pleased Ben Yedder turned things around and it was he who made the difference. He was decisive and finished well on two occasions.
“I’m not thinking about the next opponent, whether it be Italian or whoever, I’m just enjoying this moment.”