Lopetegui and the eternal suspicion

Sevilla’s defeat in Granada once again left, especially in the networks, a trail of criticism from fans of the work of Julen Lopetegui, who is being discussed the eleven and the management of changes during the Los Cármenes meeting, as well as the contemplative attitude of the team in the first half. Draw in Wolfsburg thanks to a VAR penalty and the first lost duel of the season awaken a reality again: every time something bad happens, the spotlights in Nervión tend to target the Gipuzkoan technician.

A sanbenito with whom he arrived at Seville, where a majority were suspicious of Lopetegui when Monchi hired him, in the summer of 2019. His indisputable great results on the Sevilla bench, with another Europa League in the showcases and two consecutive qualifications for the Champions League, with the highest historical score in LaLiga last season (77 points), they cause discordant voices to fade through many stages. But they are still latent.

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* Data updated as of October 6, 2021

And they appear as they appeared for the first time thunderous just before the confinement, when several bad results, including the elimination of Copa against Mirandés in February 2020, They caused Sánchez-Pizjuán to face the coach against Romanian Cluj, when he was about to be eliminated in the round of 32 of that Europa League at the end won. Then Sevilla he would take flight to start a triumphant path with Lopetegui that has already lasted more than a year and a half. So much so that Sevilla extended his contract a few months ago, until 2024.

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With 14 points, three of the leaders, and one game less, and two draws in his two Champions League games, the Nervión club keeps its options intact in all tournaments. The team’s game is nevertheless in the pillory, almost as in the worst moments, although to tell the truth it is about the best league start that Lopetegui has achieved in his three seasons on the blanquirroj benchor. Monchi, who does retain the unanimous credit of the fans, wanted to cover his coach like this in the networks. “Demand, all. Self-criticism, the maximum. Trust, deserved and infinite. I trust in you (I believe in you) “, ​​wrote the sports director to appease again the still pagans of Julen, waiting for the results to continue talking after the break.

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