Julen Lopetegui took over at Sevilla after a failure at Real Madrid. His current club is doing well in La Liga and Lope is looking to build on to that.
Sevilla is currently sitting at 6th in La Liga tied with Real Sociedad ahead of them.
This placement is pretty solid considering that Lopetegui’s men already played both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Granted, they suffered two losses, but it shouldn’t affect their Champions League qualification ambitions in the long-term.
Perhaps Lopetegui will feel like the team could’ve gotten more out of the two big derbies.
Sevilla’s main issue this season is bad form of Luuk de Jong, who was expected to lead the frontline.
However, Lopetegui remains optimistic about the future, and it seems as if he likes living in Sevilla.
“This club has a special personality and we’re responsible for putting Sevilla where the fans want us to be,” Lopetegui told Onda Cero.
“It’s a big club with great ambition.”We’re trying to grow as a team every day.
“It’s a club that’s on the minds of all coaches.
“It’s a very attractive club.”
Asked about a harsh 4-0 loss to Barca where De Jong missed three sitters at 0-0, Lopetegui replied:
“We had more chances to hurt Barcelona at the Camp Nou than against Real Madrid at home,” he added.
“Winning in this league costs blood, sweat, and tears.”