From supporters calling for the sacking of the club president, to leading La Liga – the campaign has been a turnaround and then some for Sevilla
September 17th 2018. Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium, Seville, Spain.
Once the final whistle was blown, the chanting was uproarious, impossible to ignore. ‘Pepe Castro, dimisión!’ chanted the demanding Sevilla crowd, calling for the club’s president resign after a tough 0-2 loss at home against Getafe.
Two months and ten days later, nobody remembers what happened that evening. And, if they do, they opt to forget it quickly while they enjoy reading the newspapers and watching the news.
After all, Sevilla are top of the league. It’s the first time in their whole history (since 1890) that they lead the pack after 13 rounds.
Manager Pablo Machin is the main reason to explain such a turnaround. After some first (and wobbly) baby steps in the pre-season, the coach has finally found the best tactics to play with the talented players he has under his command.
But no system can be properly taken advantage of without commitment and that so-important drive to win. And Machin’s squad has shown that desire to win many times over to give the Andalusian side the edge over the opposition.
Goakeeper Tomas Vaclik is on his way to becoming one of La Liga’s biggest surprises. On Sunday, his 90th minute spectacular save was crucial to securing the win. In the same way, Pablo Sarabia’s season has been absolutely fantastic, with a whopping 13 assists and seven goals to date in all competitions. He’s the playmaker any team would dream of having on their side.
But, if we speak about in-form players, it’s our duty to look at the forwards that are consistently scoring with such ease that few teams have been able to stop them. Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel are performing well enough, but it’s André Silva who is the one to watch. The former AC Milan striker only scored twice last season with the ‘Rossoneri’, but he’s already bagged eight this year in only 12 games, including Sunday’s winning header against Valladolid.
However, Sevilla’s rousing start to the season still needs to find consistency for the team to become a real title contender. We shouldn’t forget the low bar being set by the best teams in the competition. The current campaign is the ‘cheapest’ since the 2001-2002 competition with Sevilla on top with just 26 points.
Valencia would go on to win the league that season with a measly 76 points. In contrast, recent La Liga titles have required the winner to climb up to 80+ or even 90+ points throughout the 38 games.
Not to detract from Sevilla, though. They are leaders deservedly and also commanding and confident in the Europa League and Copa del Rey, close to moving on to the next rounds in both competitions.
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The office workers at the club have busy with paperwork too. André Silva’s amazing season has already garnered a reaction from his current team. Sevilla will pay AC Milan the $35 million option to buy, and they’re already working towards improving Sarabia’s salary and extending his contract.
All in all, it’s actually amazing how feelings can be turned around with a simple yet efficient string of consistent wins. Sevilla’s ‘Machin-ery’ is ready, well-oiled and facing one of the biggest challenges the Spanish coach has ever faced: keeping his players in that number one spot for as long as he can.