Eduardo Berizzo was officially unveiled as the new manager of Sevilla on Tuesday, taking over from Jorge Sampaoli, who left the club to assume the reigns of the Argentina national team. Speaking to reporters in the press room at the Sánchez Pizjuán, former Celta coach Berizzo laid out his plans for Sevilla this season.
Challenge: “My challenge is the same as Sevilla’s, which is to keep winning. It is a harder task to keep winning than to do so for the first time.”
Berizzo: "Sevilla is a huge challenge and that's why I'm here"
Protracted negotiations: “The first thing was to end my relationship with my former club. Then I started to work with Sevilla in the sporting aspect and when the opportunity arose I didn’t hesitate. It’s a huge challenge and that’s why I’m here.”
Plans: “I share more ideas with Sampaoli than differences. My plan is to attack, control possession and win the ball back quickly. I like to dictate games and that’s why I choose to operate with the ball. In this way we will all improve.”
Squad: “All the players that are here are in our plans. We will reinforce as best we can to improve a side that is already very good in its own right.”
"I want to build a Sevilla side around Vitolo and N'Zonzi"
Transfers: “I have spoken to [sporting director] Oscar Arias in terms of reinforcing positions. But I have not mentioned specific names. Sometimes what the coach says makes the sporting director’s job more difficult and I don’t want that. We agree on the areas that need reinforcing. I am working on the basis of building a Sevilla side around Vitolo and N’Zonzi.”
Nolito: “I like Nolito a lot because I know him [from Celta]. Whether or not he will sign for us is something that I can’t say, that’s the job of the sporting director.”
Youth squad: “Several players have caught my eye and we’re going to try and integrate them into the first team.”
Liga: “I fight in every game against every opposition. I never go into any fixture thinking that it can’t be won.”
Krohn-Dehli: “I have made my decision and informed the sporting director. He’s a very good player who I have coached before, who I respect and who I want to be able to count on.”
Champions League: “What a coach wants is up against the length of the transfer market. We want to finalise the squad as quickly as possible because the amount of time we have for preparation is important.”
Technical staff: “I brought five colleagues with me: two fitness coaches and three assistant coaches. Goalkeeping coach Javi García will remain with us in the first team.”