After the 4-1 defeat a week ago, FC Seville in the Champions League show a different face in the second leg” at Borussia Dortmund. The reason: Jorge Sampaoli.
The appearance of the new coach alone suggests that Borussia Dortmund will face a different FC Sevilla in the Champions League than a week ago. The team from Andalusia was still looked after by Julen Lopetegui. He was always very friendly and sometimes even shy on the sidelines.
His successor Jorge Sampaoli is 18 centimeters shorter, but powerfully muscled, likes to show off his numerous tattoos and looks more like the leader of a biker gang. And sometimes the 62-year-old Argentinian behaves like this on the sidelines.
Return to Andalusia
Lopetegui was released shortly after the 1:4 against BVB, Sampaoli was already there as his successor. His fate was thrown away Coach but rather the poor performance in the Spanish league. As the FC Sevilla was surprisingly only 17th.
Sampaoli wants to change that. He is no stranger to Sevilla FC, it is his second term. He already coached the club in the 2016/17 season and led them to the eighth finals in the Champions League and fourth place in the competition.
Copa wins with Chile
Then called home. Sampaoli became Argentina national team coach. The association paid 1.5 million euros to buy him from the current contract with Sevilla FC. He had previously made a name for himself in Chile. Under him, the national team first won the 2015 Copa America.
After the early round of 16 exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Sampaoli had to… “Albiceleste” but left again. He coached FC in Brazil santos and Atletico Mineiro and then ended up at the French first division club Olympic Marseille. After fifth place in the Competition 1 and qualifying for the Champions League he demanded more money for new players. He didn’t understand and left.
So now FC Sevilla again. In the league, he scored in his first home game Sanchez Pizjuan at least a 1:1 against the third in the table Athletic Bilbao.
Sampaoli is considered a cunning tactician. He is known for constantly adapting his system flexibly to the opponent and for precisely adapting his protégés to each opponent.
His teams play very varied. He happily switches back and forth between different game systems and reportedly spends entire nights studying the next opponent. This has also earned him a reputation for being a football obsessive.
instructions from the tree
This also fits with an anecdote from his early days as a coach. After being ejected from a match for the amateur team he was overseeing, he continued to coach the team from the field by climbing a tree. A photo of this action ended up in the local newspaper. the Newell’s Old Boys found this so remarkable that they made him coach of the reserve team.
He describes himself as modest, as a conscientious worker and at the same time as a passionate person. “Wherever I work, I want to revolutionize something. I try to break down the old structures and give them a new impulse.”he once said.
Bold attacking style and fast pace
Borussia Dortmund can expect a brave attacking style and high speed. Sevilla will perform very differently under Sampaoli than under Lopetegui.
In theory at least. It remains to be seen how far the new coach can change his team in just one week. “We don’t know what Sevilla is planning. Something will happen with the change of coach.”, but warned Dortmund sports director Sebastian Kehl. And coach Edin Terzic also knows: “Some things will change.”