”It is very important to pass. We want to be among the top four in this tournament”, said Jorge Sampaoli, coach of a Sevilla team that lives on top of a volcano and is looking for the balm in the Cup to alleviate a very disappointing season. It will be in Pamplona and against Osasuna (22.00, TVE), in a crucial clash for the present of the entity, which fights on multiple fronts.
Sevilla won a very important game last Saturday in the League against Cádiz (1-0), which made them leave the relegation zone. A clash that left very significant images and that pointed directly to the sports director, Monchi. The man from Cádiz is experiencing a very tough season. The planning that he has carried out is the worst in memory in his many years of work in the Andalusian entity and the pressure to which he is subjected plays tricks on him. Against Cádiz, he took to the pitch at half-time and confronted the referee, Hernández Hernández, for a well-disallowed goal for Lamela at the behest of the VAR. The referee even recorded Monchi’s conduct in the minutes, who came to hit a bottle of water very angry.
At the end of the match, a video uploaded to social networks showed Monchi crying inconsolably after Rakitic made it 1-0 from a penalty at the last minute. Those who know the sports director well point out that this could be his last campaign in a Seville where, in addition, there is a struggle for power between the current president, José Castro, and an opposition headed by José María del Nido.
Monchi, however, tries to fix, almost without financial means, what he organized in the summer. Players signed at the start of the season such as Isco and Dolberg have come out, the first after a fight with Monchi himself. The center-back Badé and the winger Ocampos have arrived. The Argentine is a very unique case. He went on loan to Ajax and was replaced by Januzaj. Now Sevilla plays him while trying to place Januzaj himself. “Technically he’s very good, but he doesn’t give me what I want from him,” Sampaoli said of the Belgian winger. Ocampos, meanwhile, arrives after being removed from the Ajax first team and training with his subsidiary. He played a few minutes against Cádiz without having played anything since last October 12.
They are the conditions of a very special market for Sevilla. If in the last two years he used his checkbook to sign Papu Gómez, Martial or Tecatito Corona at a cost of 15 million euros, the current bets are much more discreet. Badé is playing as a starter after playing just one game for Rennes since last summer. He arrived on loan with a non-mandatory purchase option.
a failed option
It was the same case of the last footballer who landed in the Andalusian capital. This is Reine-Adelaide, an attacking midfielder belonging to Lyon, where he has only played 14 games this season. Sevilla agreed a loan with a purchase option of 12 million with Lyon. The medium arrived in the Andalusian capital, was received by Monchi and in the medical tests it was detected that he needed several weeks to get in shape. With a footballer who suffered a double tear in the knee ligaments, Sevilla did not hire him. He decided not to take risks in the face of his lack of rhythm. Curiously, Sampaoli spoke of the footballer as if he were already in his squad. “Adeleide is a mixed midfielder with an arrival and he can help us. I know him from my stay in France and if he adapts, he can be very useful for us in an area where we are very tight ”, he stated.
Monchi’s French connection in this winter market could be completed with the departure of En-Nesyri to Nice, which has submitted an offer of 20 million for the striker. The Moroccan, however, does not want to leave Sevilla and the entity, with the salary bill exceeded and losses of 25 million euros from last year, pressures him to leave.
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