Lopetegui, ‘dismissed’ – Sports Stadium
Excuse the owner of this review. The one that, possibly, takes days, or even weeks, wanting to read. I hope I have not generated in you the feeling of deception, because it is not, deep down, my intention. And that is the impression that Julen Lopetegui and Sevilla FC have conveyed about him even before this season began.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the Basque coach is already dismissed, or about to be, in the minds of many Sevilla fans.. And what is worse, within, also, the white-red entity. At least in some. And this is no longer so much opinion, but a bit of information. The one that slips into the gossip, when one talks with some and with others. The typical one that, later, publicly, those in charge deny.
“We are going to carry this forward for sure,” Monchi told the fans at the Power Horse Stadium after the grotesque lived in Almería. The numbers harvested by the team at this start of the season are of great concern in a noble plant of the Sánchez-Pizjuán that in these last four market days they will try to make all possible efforts to finish reinforcing a squad that, at this start of the course, is clearly inferior to last. If a Forward is the goal, do not rule out any more entries as long as you manage to place someone before. Today they work on it, on achieving the impossible.
The project has been unsuccessful practically since before giving birth. The planning is not being as expected and the economic limitations have handcuffed a sports management that has released its pair of starting central defenders to patch up the accounts and, at the same time, try to strengthen itself. There is disparity of opinion on the board of directors. Publicly (as it should be), everyone is to death with Lopetegui, but the reality, in the ‘petit committee’, is quite nuanced.
Let’s go back to the past; at the beginning of summer. Not so long ago that the future of Lopetegui, who finished 21/22 with the same feelings that 22/23 began, was up in the air. With a valid contract, Sevilla FC had no intention of dismissing him, while the Basque coach took his days to analyze his future without giving Sevilla FC a concise answer. What happened? well what neither Sevilla FC had money to finish it nor did Lopetegui find a comfortable place in another club that would invite him to change scenery. And the parties, who deep down understood that the cycle could still have a little more extension, sat down in search of an understanding that, at least for now, is still not reflected in sports.
We already told it in ED, Monchi warned Lopetegui of what was to come this summer (important sales, rejuvenation of the workforce, search for capital gains and a new air in the game idea) and the Basque nodded with a small mouth, while requesting certain aspects. See, without going any further, the name of Isco. The proposal was to continue to trust the coach and undertake a revolution in the squad that reality has prevented (Lopetegui has little or nothing to blame for this).
And weeks later, With LaLiga already underway and three games played with dismal performance for Sevilla FC, little has changed in Nervión. The sensations transmitted by the team on the field remain the same in many bars of play. He still lacks punch and now, on top of that, he is much weaker at the back than last year.
All eyes, logically, have once again fallen on Lopetegui, although everyone thinks that the Basque coach is not the only one to blame for the current Sevilla situation. Lopetegui is already ‘dismissed’ in the minds of quite a few Sevilla fans, even that buzz is beginning to sound in the heads of many of those who have a voice and control within the club.
Does that mean that Lopetegui will leave Sevilla FC soon? Nope. Although it is true that Much will have to do with the image that the team shows next Saturday against FC Barcelona at the Sánchez-Pizjuán. The wake-up call, the ‘little piece of paper’, Monchi’s talk to the coach… has already happened. Now it’s time for Julen to respond and touch the necessary keys. Immobility is not a solution.
Another day we will talk about the accounts for it or the difficulty of finding a replacement of guarantees, that is another. Well Just as Lopetegui has detractors within the Sevilla hierarchy, he also has great defenders. And weight. But the above: Let’s see what image Sevilla FC shows against FC Barcelona on Saturday.