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At the beginning of October, Jorge Sampaoli settled in Seville for a second adventure at the head of the Andalusian team. So in a hell of a sporting crisis, the team used to playing at the top of the rankings had decided to end the Lopetegui era and bet on a former member of the house to rectify the situation. A decision which had already caused a bit of controversy, since the departure of the Argentinian to lead his selection after a short year in Andalusia at the time did not go over particularly well with the fans.
A big challenge for the former Olympique de Marseille, even if it seemed difficult to do worse. With a workforce that is still qualitative compared to most of the teams placed in front of it, the team from the south of Spain was very quickly expected to be back in the first part of the table. Only, a little more than three months later, the results are particularly bad. A simple statistic: when Sampaoli signed, Sevilla was in 17th place in the La Liga standings. Today, Ivan Rakitic’s teammates are… 19th! If at the time the huge majority of observers were convinced that it was only temporary and that Sevilla would quickly climb the steps, today the situation has changed and the possibility of seeing the Andalusians being relegated is starting to be increasingly mentioned in the media.
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The situation is not yet catastrophic in accounting terms, since the Sampaoli team is only two points from the first non-relegation. But the dynamics of the team are particularly negative and do not encourage optimism. Almost no player is really on the level, in particular the various recruits like Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi, and the Argentinian tactician does not find a solution on the tactical level despite many experiments at the level of the system or the men aligned. Since the defeat against Girona (2-1) last weekend, the Argentine coach is really on the hot seat. Of course, he’s not the only man singled out by the press and supporters, as sporting director Monchi and president José Castro take a lot of money, but as usual, the coach is usually the first fuse to blow. .
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As explained The Chiringuito, Monchi is seriously thinking of terminating the Argentine’s contract, especially because his speech would never have passed in the dressing room. According to other media like Sports Stadium, coaches like Pepe Bordalas, former Getafe and Valencia in particular, have even already been contacted. The latter would be the big favourite. On the Sevilla side, we are aware that relegation would be terrible in all respects, and that strong decisions must be made quickly to avoid getting really little at the end of the season…