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Lopetegui: “We have fought a lot and demonstrated character”

  • The Sevilla coach assures that Jules Koundé will learn from his mistake after being sent off in an action with Jordi Alba

Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla coach, highlighted the delivery of his team and considered “a shame the goal conceded” in the 1-1 draw between the Hispanics and FC Barcelona, ​​because “he knew of the power of Araújo in this type of action.” “In the second we improved, we were squeezing them, but the expulsion -of Jules Koundé- forced us to take a step back when we were at our best. Another game was played. The team did a great job against a great team, something that must be appreciated. very positive, “added Lopetegui at a press conference.

The Gipuzkoan coach did not want to influence the action that cost the French central defender the red card, who “knows that he has made a mistake, that he has been carried away, it has lacked ground “. In any case, he indicated that “it is a question of age” and was “sure that it will not happen again, because Jules is one of the players who learns.”

The Sevilla coach praised the youth squad Juan Luis Sánchez 'Juanlu' and Valentino Fattore Scotta, who debuted in the league in the final minutes, because “they have helped a lot in a very complex situation”, something that “is to congratulate you”.

Papu Gómez: “Until the expulsion we had them controlled”

The Argentine midfielder of Sevilla Alejandro 'Papu' Gómez regretted this Tuesday “the expulsion” of his teammate Jules Koundé, as he considered that “until then es “, his team” was not suffering “and had” controlled “the Catalan team. “I think it was a bit uphill after the expulsion, but we played a good game. Koundé is already great and will criticize himself, he will surely be angry. We were not suffering until the expulsion, we had them under control. It's a shame because we wanted to win it. . We were doing well, “Papu Gómez told Movistar.

The Buenos Aires footballer praised Barcelona by stating that “it has a lot of quality and if the pressure does not come out, it is normal that you are in danger,” especially because “you allow them long-distance shots.” The Argentine international, who scored the goal in a strategy action, explained that “this morning, after watching a couple of videos,” the coaching staff thought “that there could be a hole there and it came out perfect, round”.

For his part, the Dutch defender Karim Rekik called the last game of the year “a very tough game against a great team” and regretted that “it was complicated by the expulsion”, although he considered that “the draw is fair”, despite the fact that “they have had more ball”. “Personally, I am happy with the left-back game. I have tried to give my all on the field. Now, the holidays will be good,” concluded the footballer of Tunisian origin.

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Ronald Araújo, Uruguayan defender of Barcelona and scorer of the tie, considered “a step forward” to have completed “a great game against a great rival and on their court.” Araújo believes that the Barcelona fans were “superior , especially in the second half “, and declared to Movistar after the game that it was” a shame not to have won “, although he indicated that” within the year “that his team is completing” it is good to be there “. “It has not been a very good first part of the season, but the goal is close,” he said.

The Uruguayan central defender believes that Sevilla's goal, which came from a corner, “was their merit, that they did very well”, and that the goal of the tie scored by him, also in a corner kick, is “a rehearsed play because they defend standing up and in the zone”, but “the curtain of Busi -Sergio Busquets-” facilitated his shot. “We are working a lot on the hit. Ferrán -Jutglá- is giving us a great help, although we lack a little more goal,” concluded Ronald Araújo.

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