Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes the team with the strongest mentality will lift the Europa League trophy in 10 days’ time.
The Reds saw off FC Copenhagen in extra-time on Monday amid difficult conditions in Cologne, where temperatures exceeded 30 degrees Celsius long into the night.
While the Serbian admits that it has been a gruelling campaign – the 2019/20 season began exactly a year ago today (11 August) – he feels what’s in the head will play the biggest role in deciding Sunday’s semi-final and, hopefully, the showpiece event the following Friday.
“Yes, I think we are in good condition. Of course the season is long but we knew it before, what we can expect,” Matic told reporters after the final whistle at Stadion Koln, “and the most important [thing] now is to be mentally ready
Physically I feel we are fine. We are in the same position like every other team so it’s most important that we are mentally ready.
“I think that mental point will decide the semi-final – and final, of course.”