Having lost their sixth UEFA Super Cup final, Nervión’s side have a few things to rectify and several players left in the Basque coach’s squad, such as the Cádiz forward.
The UEFA Super Cup trophy becomes a curse for them Seville FCWell it’s the sixth time they fail to win it and the second for Suso. The Cádiz winger’s debut came in 2020, when he lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich in Budapest. This time it was on Greek soil where they failed to defeat Manchester City on penalties.
The run ended 5-4 for the English and it was the fifth Sevilla attacker who decided the game at the feet of Serbian defender Nemanja Gudelj. The tall, 1.87 meter tall footballer hit the ball very hard and slammed it into the crossbar. The sadness didn’t wait, but the Basque technician He also felt outrage and anger at Suso as he was the one who had to take that penalty.
Suso has been the focus of criticism following Sevilla FC’s UEFA Super Cup defeat
Not even Gudelj, who conceded the wrong penalty, was hit as hard as the former Milan striker. Everything was set before the penalty shoot-out began and the five collectors already knew what they had to do. Ocampos, Rafa Mir, Rakitic and Montiel did their job and just hoped the fifth attack would be the same.
Then it was Suso’s turn, but the Cádiz striker regretted it at the last minute and gave his move to the Serb. Despite all the bravery, the Balkans shot with conviction, but unfortunately the ball was capricious and didn’t land in the net. Mendilibar’s face said it all as amid the grief he was also outraged by the last-minute decision made by the former Almería winger.
Mendilibar accepts blame for Sevilla FC’s sixth UEFA Super Cup break
At a press conference, the coach of the Sevilla team, with a somewhat more relaxed mood, admitted that he was partly to blame for the bitter defeat. He admitted he decided to change Cádiz attacker just to take one of the penalties as he came on in the final minutes of regulation time. However, his strategy failed and he escaped what might have been the second UEFA Super Cup.
“I was wrong. If he had stayed to the end, he would have conceded a penalty. I thought that whoever entered could also shoot and in a better situation.” Mendilibar referred to the replacement of Erik Lamela by Suso. What’s been done is done and now the Zaldivartarra manager is preparing to face Alavés this Monday, August 21 at LaLiga EA Sports.
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