Sevilla, in the absence of it becoming official, already has a new coach and José Luis Mendilibarhas collected his things from the sports city José Ramón Cisneros on Tuesday. The coach has not been able to say goodbye to his players, since the club changed the time of the first session of the week, setting it at seven in the afternoon so that the new coach had time to arrive to have his first contact with the squad. The Uruguayan Diego Alonso has finally been chosen.
Mendilibar, accompanied by his second coach, Fran Rico, left the facilities of the sports city mid-morning on Tuesday. The coach closes a stage of many contrasts in the discipline of Sevilla, club to which he arrived in March after the cessation of Sampaoli, saving the team from the threat of relegation and making possible the miracle of standing in a final of the Europa League against Roma and winning it by eliminating before giants such as Manchester United and Juventus.
However, a bad start to the season, and despite competing with dignity with Manchester City, against whom he lost the European Super Cup on penalties, made his continuity very difficult. All this despite the very late planning of the staff. Up to three players arrived after the break and after the first three defeats (Soumaré, Lukebakio and Sergio Ramos).
The members of the Sevilla dressing room said goodbye in a very affectionate way to their coach through messages on social networks. On his Instagram account, one of the captains,Ivan Rakitic, was very clear in his message next to a photo of both joking after the Budapest final with a UEFA microphone with which he interviewed him: “Thank you very much, mister“.
Another who had a lot to thank him for is the homegrown Juanlu, whom he made his debut. “Thank you very much for everything, mister,” he writes over a photo of the coach wearing the Europa League. And below apostille: “Always grateful.”
Also an important player likeLucas Ocampos, very affectionate in his goodbye: “The best for you always, mister. Thank you for everything you did for us in difficult times when no one believed in.”
Others like Suso or Badéalso remembered with affection Zaldívar’s coach, to whom they wished luck.