“The objective of giving minutes to a team other than Arsenal was fulfilled. For them it was practically the presentation game before the premiership started. We competed, had our chances like them, and we came across a rebound game… I’m left with the fact that seven Atlético de Sevilla footballers took part, who receive the message that they can play at any time The Emirates game was a game, without that it was an excuse, which came in a complex context for many reasons, especially because we had played three days before. They had more energy than us. The boys did a good job and effort in the two games. We were more rested and, sometimes, we were better; they score in a transition, their specialty”, summarized the coach of Sevilla FC, Julen Lopeteguiin the official media of the Nervión entity, where he sent a message to Monchi.
“The important thing now is that the team is complete, because we are going to need it for a long, demanding and difficult season. We need the best team possible”, added the Basque, who, “in the absence of alternatives” in certain areas, As a center of defense he tried an unusual scheme such as 1-3-4-2-1: “We play with what we have. We have tried with children from the team reserves to see if they can help us during the season.” Now it’s time to change gears: “We have a good week of work ahead of us, although now the rest is good for us, after a long pre-season, with many kilometers and 10 days away from home between Portugal and England. We are going to prepare the match against Cadiz to think about La Liga”.
For its part, Ivan Romero he was happy with the work, but not with the result, like his teammate in the subsidiary Kike Salas. “We knew they were starting the premiership next week and they already had the squad assembled. They are strong and rocky. It’s a shame the goal they scored against us because it was even and we did things well,” said the striker. , who recalled the action of the first half in which he was close to scoring: “The ball was left behind and I had to give an extra touch; the central defender went in front and I didn’t I couldn’t shoot on goal”. Overall, he considers the role of young players to be very positive: “We spent the whole pre-season with the first team and we want to show the coach that when the opportunity presents itself, we can rise to the occasion. We are already two weeks away from the start of La Liga. The team is physically better, most of us, between yesterday and today, have accumulated 70 minutes. Good work from everyone, starting with the physical trainers.”
For his part, the central defender boasted of having “all the confidence of the technical staff and teammates”, which allows them to play “with confidence and with the desire to help”. He was particularly “happy” with his match and that of the team: “”Too bad they take the rebound meeting. We had several chances to score. We must continue. VSevery time I feel better; They always help me look forward. We test various systems; very satisfied with the work, which we are solving well”.