Former Manchester City forward Jesus Navas is confident his present team will knock Manchester United out of the Champions League.
Navas who spent four years at Manchester City, where he won the Premier League and two League Cups before returning to his hometown club Sevilla last summer as a free agent has helped Sevilla reach the finals of Copa Del Rey; and having climbed to fifth on the La Liga table after beating Las Palmas 2-1 on Saturday, is quite confident of helping his side to beat Old foes – Manchester United.
“For us, it’s all about getting through to the next round,” said Navas ahead of the Reds’ visit on Wednesday for the first leg of their last-16 clash.
“But I know it would be nice for some of the friends I’ve got back in Manchester if we did manage to pull it off and knock out United.
“If people underestimate us, they should look at what we’re doing at the moment, our performances, the fact we’ve got to a final already and we’re still in all of the competitions.
“We’re a great side and we can achieve things.
“United were always our great rivals when I was at City, and we played some really important games against them.
“But now this is really important game for Sevilla, for the club, for our fans, and it would be great for us to make it to the quarter-finals.
“We know it’s going to be a hard game, but we’re doing well at the moment and we’ll do everything in our power to go through against United.
“But we know we’ll have to be at our maximum level and concentrated throughout both games, because at any moment, a top team like United can finish the tie.
“United have also got some really important games coming up, starting with us, but hopefully we’re going to be able to stand in their way.”
On his time at Manchester City, Navas added;
“In my first year I won the Premier League, and two cups after that, so I learned a lot from my experience in England and I think it was all positive,” said Navas.
“I won titles nearly every year I was there and I played almost ever year, apart from my final season when I didn’t play as much.
“It was incredible to play in the Premier League, somewhere I always wanted to go because of the speed and the pace of the game.
“But I’m back home with Sevilla now, we’re in the final of the Copa Del Rey, the last 16 of the Champions League and going well in La Liga, so I feel like I’m in a good place.
“I still speak with David Silva. We have a personal relationship and we talk about personal things, but we’ve not got into football that much.
“But City are playing some lovely football now. They always have possession of the ball, which is what Guardiola likes his teams to do, and they’re really enjoyable to watch.
“I always felt welcomed and received well at City while I was there.”
Navas will receive an even warmer welcome at his former club if he can help end United’s Champions League campaign.