The Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui lhe lifted his first title as a coach on Friday take Sevilla to their sixth Europa League, fourth title in seven years for the Andalusian team, to savor the glory and vindicate his work after the troubles he lived in his previous experiences with the national team and the Real Madrid.
Lopetegui had been European U19 and U21 champion with Spain, but he had not released his record on a club bench. After several years working in the lower categories of the ‘Roja’, the Basque coach had his first great experience in a club bench with Porto, from 2014 to 2016.
In Portugal he left a great impression, especially in his first season and the only one he completed, for later give a well-deserved jump to the senior Spanish team, as a substitute for Vicente del Bosque. The Basque coach resurrected a champion team, on an almost immaculate trajectory until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
There, hours before the tournament starts, went out the back door to sign for Real Madrid. The disagreement between Federation, club and coach was the most famous of the Russian event and Spain did not do well at all, falling in the round of 16 against the host, without soul or football when he arrived as one of the favorites.
The commitment to Real Madrid, the happiest day of his life as he said in the presentation, was even more bitter, since the white giant did not give time to his project and he loaded it in the month of October, after conceding a 5-1 at the Camp Nou. The bitterness that the Basque coach had to feel could only be explained by himself.
Two dream projects that he could not complete gave way to the Sevilla’s bet for this season which ended this Friday in Cologne (Germany). The Andalusian team gave him a new team, a squad full of signings and also required him to be among the best. Lopetegui complied and made his players work from day one, even being a candidate for the league title.
Real Madrid and Barcelona they were left alone as almost always, but Sevilla did not lose sight of the train ‘Champions‘, which he tied in the table after the stoppage due to the coronavirus. The sevillismo fetish quote was missing, in compact format due to the pandemic. Neither Roma, nor Wolves, nor United, nor Inter, the Spanish team proved to be the greatest in the competition, six finals and six titles, with a Lopetegui claiming himself as a great on the bench.