Just one day after acknowledging poor planning, Monchi, Sevilla’s sporting director, almost entered an eruptive phase last Thursday. He closed the signing of Argentine right-back Montiel, from River Plate, and those of the Swedish left-back Augustinsson, from Werder Bremen, are about to fall into his nets; Thomas Delaney, Dortmund’s Danish international midfielder, and Tecatito Corona, Mexican winger from Porto and a true weakness of Julen Lopetegui. Corona is one of the best footballers of the Portuguese team. The impact of the executive’s continuous movements has the fans in suspense, which partially returns to Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the duel against Rayo with which the League opens (22.15 hours). There will be 16,000 Sevilla fans who come to Nervión.
Waiting for what happens with Koundé, wanted by Chelsea, (Monchi would sign another center-back), the drawing of this new Seville looks pretty good. Previously, the goalkeeper Dmitrovic and Lamela had already arrived, while Bryan Gil (25 million from Tottenham and Lamela), Vaclik, Sergi Gómez, Escudero and Franco Vázquez left.
“This third season will be the most difficult since I arrived,” says Julen Lopetegui. The technician flees from setting goals, although his boss, Monchi, is clear about it. “We have the challenge of qualifying for the Champions League via the League for the third consecutive year, something we have never done. And then… ”, clarified the sports director, leaving at the end some hope to dream of higher levels if possible.
Sevilla returns to participate in the Champions League and has had a preseason final somewhat agitated by the impact of the coronavirus. Several cases broke out within the squad, which caused the suspension of the match against Aston Villa on August 7. “It has been hard, but we are already coming out of this crisis,” said Monchi. The silence has been total around the affected players. The coronavirus will therefore cause some absences in this premiere against Rayo.
While waiting for the new signings to join in, Sevilla’s style remains unchanged. A very physical defense, suffocating pressure and a good number of players who are a sure value: Bono, Jesús Navas, Diego Carlos, Fernando, Jordán, Rakitic, Acuña, Papu, Ocampos, Suso and En-Nesyri maintain the Andalusian team’s block waiting for it to happen with Koundé.
Each Rayo game, again in the First Division, promises to be a spectacle. This was anticipated by his coach, Andoni Iraola, in an interview with this medium. “We have a complicated challenge, but super attractive. We will try to be protagonists, even if there are matches with high scores, to score and receive goals ”, clarified the youngest coach of the First Division.
Rayo returns to the elite two years later, driven by its young coach and a squad with interesting players. These are the cases of Trejo, Comesaña, Isi or the speedy Álvaro García. Two classics like Mario Suárez and Baby also survive, while Luca Zidane fights every day to be a better goalkeeper. With the sole objective of permanence, the Ray has been conscientiously enforced. Full-backs Balliu and Kevin Rodrigues have arrived, while the club has taken ownership with left-handed Fran García, paying Madrid two million euros. The winger Merquelanz, an old acquaintance of Iraola in the Mirandés, has been loaned by Real Sociedad. Nteka and Ciss, the media couple that stood out last season at Fuenlabrada, have also reached Rayo, whose most significant loss is that of the Peruvian side Advíncula, who went to Boca Juniors.
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