Sampaoli, 63, always vehement on the bench (REUTERS/Isabel Infantes)

“We have to be much more courageous, not wait so long,” said Iván Rakitic. “They give us the tools to release the games and you can see we don’t understand them or I don’t know. It already exceeds all limits”, criticized Marcos Acuña. “We play with anarchy and that’s why we’re going to depend on luck”, shot goalkeeper Bono.

seville is going through a deep crisis, positioned two points from the relegation zone. And all the questions, including the footballers, fall on the coach Jorge Sampaoli. as reported Relief, the club decided to fire the Argentine due to the oscillating performance and internal problems. Although the Andalusian team is in the quarterfinals of the Europa League (it will be measured against Manchester United) and has recovered strength at home, the points that it has continuously conceded as a visitor put it in a desperate situation regarding its permanence. in the category.

The Spanish press guarantees that the institution has already informed the former coach of the Chilean and Argentine national teams of the determination: it remains only to resolve the terms of dismissal and compensation. AND Jose Luis Mendilibarspecialist in the battle for non-relegation, he would be his replacement and would train the first team in the next few hours.

Meanwhile, journalists with knowledge of the privacy of Nervión’s squad gave details of the friction between the players and the coach, who had already gone through the club’s management in 2016-2017. “It was silly to bring in a technician like Sampaoli, who you already know and in the good times came out of a completely divided locker room. I always thought that in the context in which I was in Seville, there was no room for Sampaoli. When you have a coach who takes care of him, secondly with him and then with him, he punishes you,” said journalist Alonso Rivero, from 101 TV Sevilla.

“Rakitic’s statements make you think, Bono even more. In a locker room, football players rule and always end up winning. Players do not support Sampaoli”, revealed Gonzalo de la Haza in Minute 91 Seville. “The solution was to remove Sampaoli. Publicly, many players got wet”, added Juan Manuel Lorente, in the same program. “He will leave and we still don’t know what Sampaoli is playing,” he insisted. The same media outlet opened a poll on Twitter in which it asked fans to give their opinion if the DT “made the bed”. 68% understood that yes.

* The episode of the paper that broke Acuña

In addition to the differences that reached the microphones, others were off or were evident in gestures and attitudes. The fact that in several games he has chosen to play without forwards is one of the elements of dissent that stands out in Europe. Another fact went viral in several matches: the famous “extra large note” that the coaching staff extended to players with instructions in the middle of matches. It often ended up confusing the protagonists, who spent several seconds trying to decode them in front of the TV cameras.

The most extreme moment occurred at the end of February, on the occasion of the 2-3 defeat by Osasuna: in the midst of nervousness, Nemanja Gudelj appeared on the field with the notes. he placed them next to Oliver Torres, but they spent several seconds trying to understand what they were saying as the timer continued ticking. It was Acuña who got angry, snatching the paper from his teammates, crumpling it into a ball and throwing it angrily onto the grass. Just a symptom that explains why this story is about to end.

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