Struggling La Liga side Sevilla sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday after they were beaten 4-1 at home by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the club have announced. The six-time Europa League winners have continued their poor start to the campaign, winning just one game in all competitions so far this season.
“Thank you to all the people and all the players who have given me wonderful things here at Sevilla,” Lopetegui told Movistar Plus after Wednesday’s defeat but before the team officially announced his dismissal. “I am sad to leave a team that I love very much. I also thank the Sevilla fans, who must understand this and appreciate the support.
“I have already said goodbye to the players. Now is not the time to talk about disrespect. I am grateful for everything I have achieved at this club.” Lopetegui, who was in tears, received a standing ovation at the end of the match from the fans, who chanted that the board should resign.
It was widely reported by Spanish media earlier on Wednesday that Sevilla had agreed a deal with former Olympique de Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli to take over for a second stint at the club and that Lopetegui already knew that he was going to be sacked before the game. . Sevilla are 17th in the La Liga table with five points, one above the relegation zone, their worst start to a league season since promotion to the top flight in 2001.
The club’s board are facing questions from angry fans who had high expectations after finishing last season in fourth place after battling with Real Madrid for the title for most of the campaign. “Sevilla FC have sacked Julen Lopetegui as first-team coach after the clash against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday,” the club said in a statement posted on their website.
“Lopetegui closes a successful stage with three magnificent campaigns in which the objectives were more than achieved and a fourth season in which, however, the results were not there, Sevilla FC adding five points out of a possible 21 in La Liga.” Lopetegui led Sevilla to a record sixth Europa League title in 2020.
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